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Multi-Agency Distracted Driving Effort Planned

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:03am

Distracted drivers killed more than 33,000 people last year in the U.S.  387,000 were injured.

Next week, a coalition of South Coast law enforcement will take aim at the problem with stepped-up enforcement.  CHP, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and City of Santa Barbara officers will be targeting motorists who text or dial mobile phones without hands-free devices.

Sheriff’s Lt. Brad McVay says, vehicles can “…travel the length of a football field in seconds.”  He cites the death of Santa Maria college student Erick Okerblom, who was struck and killed by a driver holding a cell phone.

Increased “hands free” enforcement will continue through the month of April.

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