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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Results from the Distracted Driving Enforcement Operation

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City of Woodland Police Department
 
1000 Lincoln Ave.
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: 530-661-7800
Fax: 530-662-5377


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JustFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                

September 10, 2020

Lt. Tom Davis   tom.davis@cityofwoodland.org 530661-7880 

72 Citations Issued During Distracted Driving Enforcement Operation

Woodland Calif. – 57 drivers were cited for violating California’s hands-free cell phone law during a distracted driving enforcement operation on September 9, 2020.  

During the enforcement operation from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm, 57 drivers were cited for using their phone without a hands-free device and 15 drivers were cited for other moving violations.  

“Despite repeated efforts to warn drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, some drivers continue to use their phones when they are behind the wheel. Woodland Police Department Lt. Tom Davis said. “Our ultimate goal is to change behaviors, so that drivers are only focused on the task of driving.”

So far this year, no one has been killed in distracted driving related crashes but 1 person has been severely injured in a distracted driving related crash in Woodland. 

California has had distracted driving laws on the books since 2008. Under the hands-free cell phone law, drivers are not allowed to hold their phone or other electronic device while driving. They can only use their phone in a hands-free manner.

If you have an important phone call or need to program directions, pull over to a safe parking spot. Before driving, either silence your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach. 

In addition to phones, other distractions include eating, putting on makeup, reaching for objects on the floor, changing clothes or using a car’s in-dash touchscreen.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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