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Press Release
Eureka Police Department
604 C Street
Eureka, CA  95501

Phone:  (707) 441-4060
FAX:     (707) 441-4334


4/5/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 040521
Subject :

Distracted Driving Month 2021
Contact : Brittany Powell, Public Information Officer, Police    (707) 441-4388
    bpowell@ci.eureka.ca.gov
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Eureka, Calif. – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Eureka Police Departmentencourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.

Throughout the month of April, the Eureka Police Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

“When you are driving, give the phone a rest”, Sgt. Gary Whitmer said. “A driver’s number one focus should be on the road. Anything that distracts you from the task of driving, especially a phone, puts yourself and others at risk.”

According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 75% of surveyed drivers listed “Distracted Driving because of TEXTING” as their biggest safety concern.

“Not driving distracted is a simple, but significant behavior change,” Sgt. Whitmer said. “The goal is to increase compliance with the hands-free cell phone law and keep people safe.”

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone for any reason, including hands-free.

If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box or trunk.

Funding for distracted driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.





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