The Newport Police Department will be conducting a Traffic Safety Campaign beginning 03/18/2016 at 5:00 p.m., and ending 04/03/2016 at 5:00 p.m. The campaign will concentrate on distracted driving-related offenses during this Spring Break time period. Enforcement efforts will focus on violations of the motor vehicle code attributed to distracted driving.
Distracted driving continues to be a major contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes resulting in property damage, injury, and death. This epidemic is not only occurring in our community, but nationwide. According to Distraction.gov, in 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. An additional 424,000 suffered injuries.
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
Some examples of types of distractions include:
*Using a cell phone
*Talking to passengers
*Reading, including maps
*Using a navigation system
*Watching a video
*Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Drivers cited during this Traffic Safety Campaign will be offered a diversion course of education on the dangers of distracted driving. To be eligible for diversion, drivers must possess a valid driver’s license, have current insurance, have not participated in the distracted driving diversion program in the past, and the distracted driving offense must not have been a contributing factor to a motor vehicle crash.
The Newport Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.