Release Date/Time: 4/11/2013 12:53 PM
Incident: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Date: Thursday, 4/11/2013
Time: 12:53 PM
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and just like law enforcement agencies across the country, Salinas Police officers are focusing their attention on cell phone and texting while driving violations. April 16th is Zero Tolerance Day and officers will be especially vigilant on that day in directing enforcement efforts towards distracted driving.
So far this year Salinas Police officers have issued approximately two hundred twenty five citations, specifically for distracted driving violations. The goal of these efforts is to increase awareness on the dangers of distracted driving. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving increases your risk of being involved in a collision by twenty three times. In addition, 80% of all crashes and 65% of all near crashes involve driver inattention within three seconds before the accident.
The National Safety Council (NSC) is encouraging all motorists to take the National Safety Council pledge to drive cell free, handheld or hands free.
Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera