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Please Put that Cell Phone Down and Pay Attention While Driving, Kids Will be Walking to School Next Week

August 21, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – With school starting next Monday, Henderson Police Traffic officers will be targeting distracted drivers and speeders this week through the start of the new school year.

Henderson Police will be joined by other area officers for this enforcement effort that is under way and continues until the end of next week with enhanced enforcement on various days. Officers will use saturation patrols and pay special attention to school zones looking for distracted drivers, speeders and drivers not yielding to pedestrians.

“Distracted driving can have devastating consequences on our roadways,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “As drivers are presented with newer technology that can divert their attention from the road, we must all pledge to put the devices down and pay attention to the road. Your life and the lives of others may depend on it.”

Distracted driving is often thought of as talking on a cell phone or texting. While those activities are dangerous, so is eating while driving, putting on makeup, using a navigation system and adjusting a radio or MP3 player.

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in the United States in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are more than 3,000 distracted-related crashes in Nevada every year and nearly 50 deaths in the last five years, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The Henderson Police Department takes distracted driving and the cell phone law seriously. In 2012, Henderson Police officers issued 2,502 citations to motorists for using a cell phone while driving.

In 2012, 259 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. So far this year, 160 people have died in traffic-related fatalities with 115 of those deaths occurring in Clark County. There have been three traffic-related fatalities in Henderson this year.

The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.

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