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Oxnard Distracted Driving Roundup

April 27, 2016 11:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department and California Highway Patrol, Ventura Area, conducted a distracted driving enforcement operation in the City of Oxnard. The purpose of the enforcement operation was to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in an attempt to change behavior and save lives.

WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

Texting
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Grooming
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Text messaging is by far the most alarming distraction because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver.

The distracted driving enforcement operation resulted in the following:

54 citations issued to drivers using a cell phone or smartphone
20 citations issued to drivers who were texting
One citation issued to an unlicensed driver
Two citations issued to drivers with a suspended/revoked license
One misdemeanor warrant arrest
Two vehicles towed

The Oxnard Police Department will continue to conduct similar type of enforcement operations this year. These operations are an effort to reduce the number of crashes and to make our roadways and community safer. These enforcement operations are funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For any questions related to traffic enforcement operations, please contact Senior Officer Jamie Brown at (805) 385-7749 or via e-mail at jamie.brown@oxnardpd.org.

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