Coachella reports results of Distracted Driving Enforcement operation

Announcement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

During the month of April, the Coachella Police participated in the National Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign in which more than 200 local law enforcement agencies participated.  The campaign targeted distracted drivers texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving.

A total of 101 motorists were issued citations during the month long operation.

  • Hand Held Device – 83 citations
  • Texting – 8 citations
  • Under 18 – 3 citations
  • Other Violations – 7 citations
  • Arrests on Mobilization – 3

The month long campaign included enforcement and educating motorist of the dangers of distracted driving, and to help reduce the number of people impacted by this destructive behavior.  Adults are not the only offenders when it comes to distracted driving.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction was involved.This year, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month coincided with the California Teen Safe Driving Week, which was the first week of April.  The overall goal of the Distracted Driving Awareness program was to educate and reduce the number of injuries and deaths suffered by drivers as a result of distracted driving and poor decision making.

The Coachella Police Department will regularly conduct enforcement actions and programs focusing upon our zero-tolerance approach toward Distracted Driving and crime within the city.  Anyone who notices suspicious activity is asked to contact dispatch at 760-836-3215. or 911.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

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