DANVILLE — During a two-week distracted driving campaign, Danville police officers made 116 traffic stops that resulted in 135 enforcement actions, according to Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.
The purpose of the April 16-30 campaign was to raise awareness for the dangers associated with cell phone use and driving.
Of the 135 enforcement actions, 77 were for distracted driving, Thomason said in a release. The other actions were related to speeding violations, no insurance and other registration violations.
“While we consider the campaign a success we realize there is much more information to get out to the driving public,” Thomason said in the release.
“In such a busy world and high technology we recognize that people can easily forget the dangers associated with driving distracted and unfortunately, as law enforcement, we must make the stops when those violations occur.”
Drivers who text and drive more than double their chances of being involved in a crash, according to police, and even the use of in-vehicle technologies like programming navigation can take up to 40 seconds.
“We continue to encourage and plead with the motoring public, do not drive while distracted,” Thomason said. “Your life and that of others are at stake when you drive distracted.”