With the increase in the prevalence of smartphones and other hand-held devices, more and more drivers engage in distracted driving. In 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving inattentive drivers.
The Albany Police Department is funding this enforcement effort through a $49,160 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. Funding for this program is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Albany Police Department is committed to helping keep the streets safe both through enforcement and education.
Simple steps can help prevent you from reaching for your phone:
- Turn off, or silence, your phone
- Ask a passenger to text or call for you
- Pull over & park safely if you absolutely must make a call or text
For additional information, please contact Sgt. Chris Willis, 510-525-7300, email@example.com
—Information submitted by Albany Police