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RESULTS IN: Nearly 300 Distracted Driving Tickets Issued in Novato's April Crackdown

The following is a news release from the Novato Police Department: 

The Novato Police Department participated in the Office of Traffic Safety’s (OTS) Distracted Driver awareness campaign during the month of April.

The Department took a zero tolerance approach during this campaign and issued a total of 286 citations related to Distracted Driving. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which estimates that 3,328 people were killed and an estimated 421,000 were injured in distraction-related crashes in 2012. Additional statistics show that 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. Drivers in their 20s make up 27% percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes. 

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. 

The Novato Police Department is dedicated to the safety of our motoring public and our community as a whole. The Novato Police Department is encouraging the public to visit the official US Government web site “Distraction.gov” and take the pledge to end distracted driving. The fight to end distracted driving starts with you. Make the commitment to drive phone-free today. 
  • Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving. 
  • Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted. 
  • Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free. 


Brant May 09, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Wonderful news! My congratulations and full support to Novato PD. Driving is an inherently dangerous activity. It deserves the full attention of drivers.
Shonni Tidwell May 09, 2014 at 05:25 PM
AWESOME JOB! Novato Police Dept. Keep up the great work.
novato 3per May 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Where do you folks stand in conversing with speakerphone? What if you are just moving your phone while its on speaker and a cop tickets you, is that right ?
DMC May 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Everything you do in a vehicle that is not related to driving---is a distraction----it is only the degree of distraction that is debatable---Driving is boring tho and some distraction may add to being alert. The technology is there to turn the phone OFF while in a vehicle--it should be implemented--voice activation is less of a distraction--the tech is there too--the device should go to voice activation only while in the vehicle--that is over the speaker system--not the device speaker---NO HANDS activation.
novato 3per May 10, 2014 at 05:05 PM
If it's legal to have an object like a coffee or a sandwich in your hand when you drive, and legal to use a phone on speaker when you drive , then logically it would follow that your phone is just another object when it is not being viewed or pressed against your ear and you should not have to pay the county $284.00 when you were simply stopping your phone from sliding off the console.

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