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Electronic Signs Discourage Distracted Driving

(JUNEAU Alaska) - The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will begin displaying electronic signs on the Glenn and Seward Highways Friday discouraging Anchorage area motorists from distracted driving.

The signs will remain in place for three days urging drivers to refrain from talking on cell phones, which studies have proven cause a distraction while driving. The campaign hopes people will either pull over in a safe place to take the call or return the call after reaching their destination.

The Alaska State Troopers' Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol and the Alaska Highway Safety Office are joining in the national campaign this week urging drivers to reduce or eliminate distractions by keeping their eyes on the road when behind the wheel.

Alaska enacted a law Sept. 1, 2008 banning watching screens and or texting while driving, with the exception of cell phones or personal data assistants used for verbal communication or displaying caller identification. Alaska is one of 23 states to ban texting.

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