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Police on the lookout for distracted drivers

April is national distracted driving awareness month

During the month of April Danville Police will crack down on distracted drivers as part of national distracted driving awareness month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified texting and cell phone usage as the fastest growing and most visible distraction as an associated factor in collisions.

The Office of Traffic Safety, California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will work together to focus on this growing trend. Police Chief Steve Simpkins said Danville PD is taking part in this effort and officers are increasing their enforcement efforts.

"Our officers on the street are keeping an eye out for distracted driving," he said. "We're issuing citations and we're taking a proactive stance in dealing with distracted drivers."

According to the department's 2011 annual report, there were 223 traffic collisions last year. According to Distraction.gov, more than 196 billion text messages were sent in June 2011, up nearly 50 percent from June 2009.

In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured. Teen drivers are the most likely group to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported; in 2009, 16 percent of teens involved in a fatal crash were distracted.

For more information on distracted driving or the town's enforcement efforts, contact Traffic Sgt. Nate McCormack at 314- 3721 or nmccormack@danville.ca.gov.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:24 am

I guess the Danville Police will begin a new awareness as I see folks talking on their cell phones all the time and the police do nothing even when it's taking place right next to them. The police and our drivers don't even know that when it's raining it's the law that you have your headlights on. The revenue we could acquire if our police department just enforced the laws on the books would be startling.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

Well this is one of the worst juxtapositions of unrelated stats I've seen in a while:

"According to the department's 2011 annual report, there were 223 traffic collisions last year. According to Distraction.gov, more than 196 billion text messages were sent in June 2011, up nearly 50 percent from June 2009."

Typical media FUD. That said- don't text and drive geniuses, or Darwin will get you.


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Posted by bz
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Mike- thanks for writing what I was thinking! Was that a failed attempt to show causality?


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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Apr 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

We all know about drivers talking on phone and texting. I hope the police enforce this. The bigger issue in Danville is rude drivers and speeding. The ones who won't give an inch to someone trying to merge from a lane to another seem to be on the rise. It's not unusual for them to speed up just so you can't merge. I guess civility isn't a partisan thing, it's a human thing and it seems to be on the downward trend in Danville and in Washington too.


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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Given that vehicular cell phone usage is as likely to kill or maim someone as a drunk driver, can any law officer or politician explain to me why distracted driving fines are not commensurate with DUI fines? It's the best source of revenue for states and counties that I can imagine.


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