San Rafael, CA – April 17, 2013. April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign is at the halfway point and San Rafael Police officers have been actively ticketing those drivers who are texting or operating hand-held cell phones.
The enforcement efforts so far have resulted in 254 citations, with 88 of those issued yesterday. April 3rd and April 16th were designated statewide as focused enforcement days. Compared with last year’s number of 75 cites for the same two week period, citations are up over 300% in San Rafael.
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2011 alone, over 3,300 people were killed in distracted driving crashes nationwide. The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles an hour, that is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field – blind.
To avoid a distracted driving ticket or crash, SRPD offers drivers the following tips:
Please remember - just one text or call could wreck it all.