BPD averaging approx. 20 extra tickets a day in efforts against distracted driving: Zero tolerance part of 'Distracted Driving Awareness Month' campaign

“Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touch screens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety,” stated the Blythe Police Department’s (BPD) April public announcement. “The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Ignore the distractions and #justdrive to keep us all safer on the roads.” (Archived file photo by Uriel Avendano/Palo Verde Valley Times)

The Blythe Police Department’s (BPD) month-long efforts to underline the dangers of distracted driving has produced a litany of ticket citations in the first two weeks of April, as reported to the Blythe City Council’s regular monthly meeting.

“Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touch screens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety,” stated BPD’s original April “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” public announcement. “The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Ignore the distractions and #justdrive to keep us all safer on the roads.”

On April 9, retiring BPD Police Chief Jeff Wade took a moment to remind the general public of the nationwide campaign and its encompassing message of safe driving.

“(BPD) has some extra officers working (who) have zero tolerance with distracted driving and writing tickets,” stated Wade. “We’re averaging about 20 a day, extra, right now. As you all know, we had a fatal accident last month that we are partially attributing to distracted driving. So it’s something important in our community, so I told them zero tolerance. They will not be giving warnings on distracted driving.”

Wade also reported to the council that a stolen vehicle was recovered on April 9 by a BPD officer at a local gas station.

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