The Eden Prairie Police Department blog provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the people who work there — their stories, their lives, their work in Eden Prairie and their thoughts on topics from driving to dogs.
The Myth of Multitasking While Driving
Distracted drivers believe the myth that they can multitask behind the wheel. The reality is that the brain quickly toggles between two tasks but can’t do two things at the same time. According to the National Safety Council, the activity in the area of the brain that processes moving images decreases by up to one-third when listening to, or talking on, a phone. Drivers looking out the windshield can miss seeing up to 50 percent of what’s around them when talking on any kind of cell phone.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Eden Prairie officers will be teaming up with our TZD (Towards Zero Deaths) partner agencies this month to conduct details that target distracted drivers. While distracted driving enforcement is always a priority for our officers, we will have extra officers patrolling for distracted drivers today and on April 17.
Under Minnesota’s “No Texting” law, it is illegal for drivers to read, send texts and emails and access the internet while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. This includes when you are sitting at a stoplight, stop sign or in traffic. A first offense costs $50 plus court fees. Second and subsequent offenses are $275 plus court fees. If you injure or kill someone because of texting and driving, you can face a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation or homicide.
Other distractions that could lead to a crash include adjusting music, eating and drinking, or distracting passenger behavior. Drivers can be cited for Inattentive Driving if they are seen doing these things and it affects their ability to safely operate their vehicle.
The EPPD would like to remind all drivers that when you are driving, your ONLY responsibility is to drive.