Put down those cell phones, northeast Johnson County motorists.
The Prairie Village Police Department will be participating in a national campaign to curb distracted driving starting today.
The department sent out the following notices outlining the particulars of the “written communications” law in Kansas:
What is the law in Kansas?
- It is unlawful to manually type, send, or read a written communication while operating a motor vehicle, even while stopped at a red light or stop sign.
- A “written communication” includes text messages, instant messages, and emails.
- Exemptions allow for situations such as reporting illegal activity to law enforcement.
Prairie Village police will have extra officers on the streets specifically assigned to be on the look out for people violating the written communication law.
A total of 90 people in Kansas died as the result of distracted driving car crashes in 2013 — that’s more than a quarter of all driving deaths in the state.
The National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign will run through April 27.