Richmond police, CHP to step up enforcement of distracted drivers this month

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You better put your phone away while driving, as law enforcement agencies across the state, including in Richmond, will be stepping up enforcement of distracted driving this month.

In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Richmond police are joining the California Office of Traffic Safety, California Highway Patrol and more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the state to increase education and enforcement of “blindfolded” drivers.

Two specific dates, today and April 15, law enforcement agencies will be out in full force looking to bust distracted drivers. Also throughout the month, they will visit schools, conduct media interviews and traffic safety presentations to educate drivers. Starting today through April 7, the group Impact Teen Drivers will focus on educating young people who are at greater risk.

“Driving takes one’s full attention and any distraction can have deadly, dangerous consequences,” Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus said in a statement. “Imagine driving for four or five seconds while blindfolded. That can be the effect of looking down to send a text message. In the average time it takes to check a text message – less than five seconds – a car traveling 60 mph will travel more than the length of a football field.”

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