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San Ramon Police Participating in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Police are asking drivers to keep their eyes off of their phones and on the road

Photo provided by Union City Police Nixle Alerts
Photo provided by Union City Police Nixle Alerts
During the month of April, the San Ramon Police Department, in cooperation with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the U.S. Department of Transportation will be cracking down on Distracted Driving. This month patrol and traffic officers will be focusing their efforts on distracted driving. As part of our OTS grant, the San Ramon Police Department will have additional personnel on the street specifically looking for distracted drivers. Distracted Driving is a serious problem both nationally and locally. 

Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road or your hands off the steering wheel - especially texting and cell phone use, whether hands-free or handheld. Who’s doing it? Most of us. It has been estimated that, at any one time, over 10 percent of drivers are using a mobile device. 

[Related article: Bay Area Law Enforcement Cracking Down on 'Distracted…]

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. 
  • 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
  • Up to 6000 people nationwide are killed in crashes where driver distractions are involved.
  • Talking on a cell phone or texting is the number one source of driver distractions.
  • Texting takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, far enough to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph. Most crashes happen with less than 3 seconds reaction time.
  • The act of talking on a cell phone, even hands free, can give you “inattention blindness,” where your brain isn’t seeing what’s right in front of you. You aren’t even aware that you are driving impaired. If you think you can handle both driving and talking on a cell phone or texting, you are kidding yourself and putting us all at risk.
A ticket for $159 for texting or talking on a cell phone is a major distraction to 
your wallet.

What can you do? Most important, obey the law. It’s there for a reason.
Maria Harral April 07, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Yup, I was about to my bike walk my bike across alcosta and broadmore and the driver coming didn't slow down or see me and I saw both his hands on his phone texting while he was looking forward the then down, creates tunnel vision. Did not see that I was at the crosswalk.

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