Monday, April 21, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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PPD joins Distracted Driver enforcement campaign

Placerville Police Department is participating in the California Office of Transportation (OTS) Distracted Driver enforcement campaign.

Officers from the Placerville Police Department will have increased patrols targeting distracted drivers, using their cell phones while driving, throughout the month of June.

Perhaps you’ve seen the dramatic public service announcements on TV, which portray motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers? Here are some additional facts worth considering:

• In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.

• 18  percent of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

• In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the U.S., up nearly 50 percent from June 2009.

• 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.

• 40 percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.

Please refrain from using your cell phone while driving, and remind others to do the same. “It’s Not Worth It!”

Placerville Police

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Discussion | 2 comments

  • LpJune 26, 2013 - 10:35 am

    Does this mean th PPD will quit using their cell phones while driving?

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  • Skate Or DieJune 26, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    Nope they will still use there cell phones while driving. look at VC 23123 (d) V C Section 23123 Hand Held Wireless Telephone Prohibited Use Hand-Held Wireless Telephone: Prohibited Use 23123. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving. (b) A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a base fine of twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense and fifty dollars ($50) for each subsequent offense. (c) This section does not apply to a person using a wireless telephone for emergency purposes, including, but not limited to, an emergency call to a law enforcement agency, health care provider, fire department, or other emergency services agency or entity. (d) This section does not apply to an emergency services professional using a wireless telephone while operating an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in Section 165, in the course and scope of his or her duties. (e) This section does not apply to a person driving a schoolbus or transit vehicle that is subject to Section 23125. (f) This section does not apply to a person while driving a motor vehicle on private property. (g) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2011.

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