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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, APalt 22, 2015 Page 9 Increased enforcement during Distracted Driving Month FARGO, ND -- Throughout the month of April, law enforcement agencies in North Dakota will work together to enforce the texting while driving law. This effort is a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement campaign that combines enforce- ment of North Dakota&apos;s anti-texting laws with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the entbrcement and convince them to obey the law. "Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible. People who break our state's texting law will be stopped and fined. If you are texting, you are not driving," said Lt. Jeff Solemaas of the Bismarck Police Department. "For those who say that driving and texting is an epi- demic, we believe enforcement of our state texting law is part of the cure." Violating North Dakota's texting law, which has been in effect for nearly four years, can be costly-- those caught texting and driving will be issued a $100 fine. In 2013, approximately 3,100 people were killed and an estimat- ed 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distract- ed drivers nationwide. According to the 2014 North Dakota Statewide Traffic Safety Survey conducted by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, the number of drivers who admit to texting and driving has steadily increased since 2011. This increase is happening despite nearly 60 per- cent of drivers indicating they are "very uncomfortable" as a passen- ger when the driver is texting. "Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind away from driving. When you're a distracted driver, you risk not only your life, but the lives of Study: Distraction a factor in nearly 60 percent of teen crashes FARGO, ND -- The most comprehen- sive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previ- ously known, according to the AAA Foun- dation for Traffic Safety. The unprecedent- ed video analysis finds distraction was a fac- tor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to- severe teen crashes -- four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. Researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. The results showed distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied; including 89 percent of road-departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes. NHTSA previously has estimated distrac- tion is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes. "Access to crash videos has allowed us to better understand the moments leading up to a vehicle impact in a way that was pre- viously impossible," said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "The in-depth analysis provides indisputable evidence that teen driv- ers are distracted in a much greater per- centage of crashes than we previously re- alized." The most common forms of distraction leading up to a crash by a teen driver in- eluded: Interacting with one or more passengers: 15 percent of crashes Cell phone use: 12 percent of crashes Looking at something in the vehicle: 10 percent of crashes Looking at something outside the ve- t teen crashes involve driver distraction, others and no one has the right to put another persOn's life at risk like that," said Karin Mongeon, Safety Division Director for the North Dakota tion. The most common forms of dJstracUor leading to a teen driver crash include: Reaching for an object 6% Grooming For teen driving tips, visit 8% Singing/dancing to music hicle: 9 percent of crashes Singing/moving to music: 8 percent of crashes Grooming: 6 percent of crashes Reaching for an object: 6 percent of crashes "Pefllaps not surprising, passenger dis- tractions and cell phones were the most coin- men forms of distraction identified in the study. Both factors well known to increase crash risk for teen drivers," said Gone Depamnent of Transporta- The Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over cam- 15% Interacting with one or more passengers 12% Using a cellphone ,/< " : L : Looking at something .. ,; : in the vehicle Looking at something outside the vehicle LaDoucer, spokesman lbr AAA - The Auto Club Group in North Dakota. Researchers found drivers manipulating their cell phone (includes calling, texting or other uses), had their eyes offthe road for an average of 4.1 out of the final six seconds leading up to a crash. The researchers also measured reaction times ira rear-end crash- es and found teen drivers using a cell phone failed to react more than half of the time betbre the impact, meaning they crashed without braking or steering. "This study shows how important it is tbr states to enact and enforce graduated driv- er licensing and for parents to stress and model distraction-free driving," continued LaDoucer. "While North Dakota prohibits cell phone use by drivers under age 18, the states doesn't limit the number of passen- gers of newly licensed teen drivers. AAA recommends restricting passengers to one non-family member tbr the first six months of driving." Graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws allow new drivers to gain practical experi- ence in a relatively safe environment by re- stricting their exposure to risky situations. Thirty-three states have laws tlutt prevent cell phone use for teens and 18 states have pas- senger restrictions meeting AAA's recom- mendations. Parents play a critical role in preventing distracted driving. AAA recommends that parents teach teens about the dangers of cell phone use and restrict passengers during the learning-to-drive process. Before parents be- gin practice driving with teens, they should create a parent-teen driving agreement that includes strict ground rules related to dis- traction. For more information, visit Teen- Teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. About 963,000 drivers age 16-19 were involved in police- reported crashes in 2013, which is the most recent year of available data. These crashes resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths. The full research report is available on the Foundation's website. The Foundation part- nered with researchers at the University of Iowa to conduct this study. paigns have proven that the com- bination of laws, targeted advertis- ing, and high-visibility en/brcc- ment can help change people's driving behaviors. This strategy was expanded to include distracted driv- ing ira 2014 and North Dakota was one of the first states to participate, issuing 384 distracted driving cita- tions. For more information, please visit ,,. Third qua00erhonor roll "A" Honor Roll 12th Grade Alexandra Braathen Kristy Estad Alex Iverson Rebecca Klose Jackalyn McCollum llth Grade Danielle Durand Ellisha Pastorek Anne Viderup Setup 10th Grade Paige Anderson Haley Ashpole Mikayla Fingarson Rachel Jonasson Emily Swanson 9th Grade Amber Gemmill Wesley Kemp Rachel Klose Alexandra Knutson Courtney Loftsgard Taylor Reilly Casey Vargason Abby Zidon "B" Honor Roll 12th Grade Brandyn Chandler Abigail Hunter Eli Olson llth Grade Steven Kartes Dustin Lorenzen Kayla O'Toole Brock Olafson Benjamin Phelps 10th Grade Christian DuBois Tyler Hannesson Kia Hiller Hailey Jackson Sayler Jenson Brooklyn Johnson Dalton Johnson Morgan Laxdal Steven McColhnn Shawn Olson Shayla Rouland 9th Grade Brody Nelson Anna Vasel ..-=v =-=...-: -:=...-:.-.2 .C.,,:.L-2 --- -='. L; U_. =- Third A Honor Roll 8th Grade Isabella Backer: Dylan DuBois Lindsey Iverson Alyssa Kemp Zachary Larson Megan Obcrg Bailey Phelps 7th Grade Grace Ashpole Dylan Feltman quarter honor .roll Tyler Jackson Grace Kertz Jaiden Kringstad Maria Myrdal Kaylee Pastorek Emilee Reilly Hunter Sobolik B Honor Roll 8th Grade Shelby Byron Andrew Hurt Jessie O'Hara James O'Toole Isaac Oberg Carley Reilly 7th Grade Bren&m Durand Luke Estad Nathan Gilleshmruner Hailey Hm'tt McKenzie Sapa Conner Slama from the district and the State Water Commission and will address debris re- moval from an estimated 47 miles. Proj- ect is currently under development. * $9,000 of Community Develop- ment Block Grant (CDBG) funds was re- allocated from the Cavalier Housing Re- habilitation Project to the Grafton Hous- ing Rehabilitation Project to complete the Grafton project this spring/summer. The City of Grafton will also contribute $4,170 to complete the project. The debris removal projects are de- signed to maintain navigable waters, sta- bilize at-risk banks, and minimize in- stream erosion caused by non-beneficial woody debris. "Repetitive flooding within the re- gion over the past decade has resulted in significant buildup of debris and garbage within the Park River," said Dawn Kee- ley, Executive Director. "Assisting with debris removal such as this will improve water quality in this area and these are the first projects to receive funds through our Phase 5 of the riparian program." The 2015 to 2016 grants for the Pem- bina and Walsh County Historic Preser- vation Commissions have been approved in the amount of $11,198 per organization and will be matched with $10,028 each. These grants are funded by monies award- ed to the ND Historic Preservation Pro- gram by the US National Park Services and reallocated by the State Historical So- ciety. Funds were approved to support an administrative budget, logo and website development, and geocaching of historic sites and trails. The RRRC manages these organizations in partnership with the counties. Denise Johnson, USDA Rural Devel- opment, provided an overview of the agency's programs/'or community, busi- ness, and infrastructure projects to the Board of Directors. The RRRC is anticipating its 2015 CDBG ffmding to total $192,325 which will be split evenly between public fa- cilities and housing opportunity. Eligible projects tbr public thcilities funding could include water and sewer, fire protection, ambulances, community centers, storm sewers, flood or drainage facilities, re- mowd of architectural barriers and plan- ning. Housing opportunity includes re- habilitation, repair, expansion, or similar activities to provide for affordable hous- ing. The majority of CDBG funds are tar- geted to the benefit of low and moderate income households. The RRRC will ac- cept pre-applications fbr its 2015 CDBG funding through July 15, 2015. For more information, please contact the RRRC at 701-352-3550 or visit the website at The RRRC is one of eight regional planning councils in North Dakota established in 1973 to enhance the ability of local gov- ernments to jointly plan, address issues, and seize opportunities that transcend in- dividual boundaries. The RRRC serves Region IV which includes Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina, and Walsh Counties. MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS OF GRAFTON, ND is currently offering full-time production employment for those 18 years of age or older. l sl Shift 6.m-2:30pm (Monday through Friday) 0vedime as needed 2nd Shift 3:30pm-2.0am (Monday through lhursdays) 0verlime as needed Starling Wage: Starling wage is 12.35 per hour * S1.25 differenlial pay for 2nd shift Increased to $12.75 per hour after 3 months W Excellent benefils for Full lme: Heolth, Dental, Life Insurance, Disobilily, Flex Benefits, Vocolion lime, 9 paid Holidays, Dired Depasils, 401K ond Profit Shoring. N Please apply in person at: MARVI /in Windn and I) d Gmfl i n d o w s a n d D o o r s 14835 Highway17 West Grafton, ND 58273 Built around you: (701)3524077 IARVlN WINDOWS AND DOORS OF GRAFTON HAS A CLIEAN SAFE ENVIRONMENT WITH CAREER GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU I