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Redwood City Police Department to Hold ‘Zero Tolerance’ Distracted Driving Enforcement Operation

Redwood City Police Department to Hold ‘Zero Tolerance’ Distracted Driving Enforcement Operation

As part of this month’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Redwood City Police Department will be offering “zero tolerance” to those texting or operating hand-held cell phones throughout the month of April.  Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited.  The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279.

Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk.  As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Redwood City Police Department, are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting.  This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the 103 CHP Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements. 

The Redwood City Police Department is deploying traffic officers above and beyond other scheduled regional dates on the following dates:

April 13th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
April 20th from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

“Distracted drivers create an increased accident risk and increased risk to their safety and those around them. We take this very seriously and officers will enforce a zero tolerance policy for violators” said Interim Police Chief Ed Hernandez.

There are simple measures drivers can take to minimize distractions in the vehicle:

  • Turn your phone off or put it out of reach before starting the car.
  • Alert callers that you are unable to take calls when driving by changing your voicemail message.
  • Make it a point not to call or text anyone who may be driving, such as during the commute to and from work or school, especially parents calling teen drivers.
  • If you do need to make an important call or respond to a text message, pull over to a safe place to do so.
  • If going cold turkey is too much of a stretch and you just can’t turn your phone off, consider using one of the available mobile phone apps that holds calls and incoming texts.

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.  Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.   In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.

Studies show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road.

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