|April 10, 2014
||Anne Marie Peacock
Office of Communications
Redmond, WA -
In an effort to reduce the number of distracted driving collisions, the Redmond Police Traffic Division is enforcing Washington State’s cell phone laws in targeted areas around the City starting Tuesday, April 15th. Throughout the state, police officers have joined together to heighten awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and educate drivers about cell phone laws. Redmond Police will conduct distraction patrols within high crash areas and where cell phone use among drivers is greatest.
Distracted driving is a significant cause of personal injury and property damage collisions, with cell phone use the most common distraction across the nation. In 2013 there were 891 collisions in Redmond and 38% were rear end collisions, which are typically the fault of inattentive drivers. The national average of distracted driving collisions is between 22-30% in one year. The City of Redmond is unfortunately well above the national average at 38%, further stressing the urgency and importance of good law enforcement to help make it safer for drivers in Redmond.
To reinforce this message, The City has recently installed 19 “Hang Up and Drive” signs throughout Redmond to help end distracted driving. You can do your part by keeping your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind on your driving.
For clarification of Washington State’s cell phone laws, or any of Washington State’s rules of the road, contact. Lt. Doug Krueger in the Traffic Division of the Redmond Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (425) 556-2570.