April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Police aim to increase education, enforcement efforts

The month of April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

In an effort to increase awareness and ultimately save lives, the Pleasanton Police Department will be working in cooperation with the Office of Traffic Safety, California Highway Patrol and Impact Teen Drivers to increase education and enforcement efforts regarding the dangers of distracted driving.

The Pleasanton PD will join over 200 law enforcement agencies in California to focus their patrol efforts on drivers who are observed texting and talking on their cellular phones.

Officer Steven Ayers said distracted driving can affect all drivers but young drivers are at a greater risk for being involved in a fatal collision.

These preventable collisions are the number one killer of teenagers, according to Impact Teen Drivers.

The U.S. Government website for distracted driving shows that, in 2013, collisions involving a distracted driver caused approximately 420,000 people to be injured and claimed the lives of 3,154 others.

"Through this enforcement and education effort, the Pleasanton Police Department is dedicated to reducing the number of collisions in our community and keeping drivers of all ages sage behind the wheel," said Ayers.

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