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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-104

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 13, 2019
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    Phones Down, Eyes Up!

    Sheriff Chad Chronister warns against distracted driving.
    • Friday
    • March 1, 2019
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Sheriff Chad Chronister released a Public Service Announcement:


    On Monday, Sheriff Chad Chronister released a public service announcement (PSA) warning motorists about the dangers of distracted driving. The PSA is part of Sheriff Chronister's ongoing efforts to provide the public with timely and useful safety tips through social media, a platform many people use daily.

    Distracted driving comes in a lot of forms, from using your phone, to putting on makeup, to eating behind the wheel. It's incredibly dangerous to everyone on the road. Sheriff Chronister said, "When you're more focused on sending an emoji or liking a picture, you're putting other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists at risk."

    Research shows that reading a text message while driving takes approximately five seconds. If a vehicle is moving at 55 miles per hour, a driver is able to travel 300 feet without looking up, which is equivalent to the length of a football field. "We don't want to tell a parent or a spouse that their loved one is gone, because either they or another driver was distracted," said Sheriff Chronister, "So remember this phrase: Phones down, Eyes Up."

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