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Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Conducting "Traffic Enforcement Initiative" Friday

The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office will be conducting something called a "traffic enforcement initiative" all day Friday as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The PBSO said on its Facebook page that its officers will be all about traffic enforcement in unincorporated Palm Beach County throughout the day and evening, making sure people whom they spot "driving distracted" get pulled over and slapped good and proper with a citation.

So, basically, be sure to put that cell phone down, both hands on the wheel, and follow those road rules to a T today, or else expect to incur the wrath of a traffic violation ticket.

The PBSO cites the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saying that drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a traffic wreck thanks to distracted driving. Mainly, they say, the distractions come from cell phones, eating, drinking, and the dreaded texting while driving.

Moreover, in 2012 an estimated 421,000 people were injured in accidents due to a distracted driver, which is a 9 percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured the year before that.

"This initiative is being conducted to reduce the increasing issue in Palm Beach County," the PBSO Facebook reads. "This will be done by increasing enforcement and education to make the roadways safer for everyone."

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