Grove City Record

GC police join cellphone campaign

The Grove City Division of Police has announced it has joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "One Text or Call Could Wreck It All" campaign to stop distracted driving.

"We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn't stop most people from continuing to do it," said Capt. Jeff Pearson in a news release. "This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving. We want people to realize the danger involved, so they change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families and others on the road."

While anything that takes a driver's eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive.

The Grove City Division of Police will have a sign posted at the Stringtown Road and Interstate 71 area encouraging motorists not to text and drive and will have magnets on the police cruisers indicating the same message.