Bishop PD joining national distracted-driving campaign

Press release from Bishop Police Department

Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.


In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement.

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in an attempt to change behavior and save lives, not just in April but also year-round. The Bishop Police Department will join statewide enforcement campaigns on April 7th and 20th, “zero tolerance days,” when all agencies will be especially vigilant for distracted drivers. Although the purpose of the campaign is not to write as many citations as possible, sometimes citations are necessary for drivers to understand the importance of focusing on their driving.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem, especially as the use of Smartphones increase. Although such crashes are often difficult to prove, California had at least 84 fatal distracted driving collisions in 2013, 85 in 201 4 and 67 in 2015, with the actual number of cases likely higher. The number of injury collisions for the same three-year period shows an increase: 10,078 in 2013; 10,463 in 2014, and 11,023 in 2015. NHTSA data for 2014 show nationwide, 3,179 people died in distracted driving collisions, which is 10 per cent of all crash fatalities. An additional 431,000 people, or 18 per cent, were injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers.

“As we rely on our cell phones more and more in our everyday lives, we seem to be kidding ourselves in thinking that they don’t affect our driving,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Crashes are up. The scientific evidence is solid. The dangers are real, and they apply to all of us. We need to silence the distractions.” The problem of distracted driving is significant, and no surprise to drivers day in and day out. The Department of Transportation notes that at any given moment, during daylight hours, more than 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.

NHTSA will conduct a television campaign in April with the message “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” OTS will produce public service announcements and conduct a social media campaign urging drivers to “Silence the Distraction.”
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 cellphone 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

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

The California Office of Traffic Safety, Police, Sheriff and the CHP reminds everyone that best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.
“See Something, Say Something”
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19 Responses to Bishop PD joining national distracted-driving campaign

  1. Charles O. Jones April 13, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    Operators of authorized emergency vehicles are exempt from the restrictions on handheld wireless devices. They often use handheld devices for legitimate public safety communication needs. That said, this exemption does not make them immune to the impacts of distracted driving.

  2. Rusty April 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    Does this include local law enforcement also? Daily I see local law enforcement talking on cell phones and also texting while driving.

    I know there is an exemption in the vehicle code for them but how about a leading by example?

    • Trouble April 8, 2016 at 10:06 am #

      I like that Rusty, I once had a CHP dude tell me “Do you know how fast I had to go to catch you?

    • Rick OB April 8, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      This is TOO easy, I can’t resist ! I was at the light on Main Street in Bishop in front of RUSTY’S bar, waiting for the light to change, 2nd car back. There was a Bishop PD unit making a left in the lane next to me, who was the first in line with a single car behind him. The light changed and I could see the cop was texting, and the guy behind him looked over at me raising his shoulders like, ‘What do I Do ? I hit my hand on the steering wheel, motioning to tell him to honk. 99% of people will not honk at a cop and he was one of ’em.
      I was not, and when I went by the distracted officer, I honked, and being the good-natured cop that he was, had a look of embarrassment instead of being irked, like a lot of cops would have.

      • Bob April 11, 2016 at 9:55 am #

        I was sitting at a traffic light and noticed the cop next to me was texting. I took my foot off the brake and rolled forward a foot. He thought the light had turned green, stepped on the gas and drove through the red light.

        He then waiting for me to pass and pulled me over. He said he knew I did that on purpose and it wasn’t funny. I said I don’t know what you’re talking about.

        He walked back to his car and I could barely contain my laughter.

  3. Trouble April 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

    It sure seems like our insurance companies are dictating all this public safety stuff going around!

    • Low-Inyo April 7, 2016 at 5:22 am #

      Trouble…In this type of case,it’s a good thing,as long as someone tries to do something about it…in case you haven’t noticed,there are a LOT of idiots driving while texting and/or talking on a cell phone….

      • Trouble April 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

        INYO How do you know if I’m responded to while I’m driving right now? Pretty soon they’ll be pulling ya over for scratching yourself. Or maybe we should all just start listing to my mother in law.

  4. No Trouble April 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    For all we know, you (“trouble” you call yoursel…) are in fact a criminal, if not and/or both a very “troubled” and miserable, lonesome individual. Something tells me/us, that you simply have nothing better to do in life, except be controversial and “stir the pot”. Perhaps this is all you have or can do in life.
    Here onece again, your absurd opinion is very far from reality and outnumbered by a lopsided “no”, the one consistent thing you may have. Wonder how you would feel if one of your loved ones, that’s if you have any, were seriously injured or killed by a distracted driver who was texting etc. on their phone while driving.
    Yeah baby!

    • Trouble April 8, 2016 at 9:55 am #

      Wow, I’m actually working 10 hour days , paying for my kids college and not trying to make things worse for other hard working people. Only traffic tickets and a little to much fun in my back ground check. Sorry to disappoint ya No Trouble.

  5. tourbillon April 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Distracted driving is simply one component of distracted living. You see couples out all the time, in restaurants, shopping, at ballgames, each one immersed in their own little toy and neither seemingly aware of the others existence. The younger they are, the more they are tied to their electronic pacifiers.

    When they get behind the wheel, they and their little hand-held toys become a menace. So this is a good move by Bishop PD and needs to be done. But don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re doing anything other than tilting at windmills. Doesn’t matter how many tickets they get. It’s like breathing to them. They don’t even know how rude and inconsiderate they are, and woe betide the person who tells them. Might diminish their sacrosanct self-esteem.

    • Low-Inyo April 8, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      tourbillion…..The one I remember the most was on a June Lake camping-fishing trip I took a couple years ago…saw a family,the Mother and Father walking ahead,loaded down with fishing poles and gear,one carrying a couple of those fold-up chairs,the other with the ice chest…..and following about 25 yards behind,the two teen-agers….a boy and a girl…..with nothing in their hands but cell phones texting and talking,probably to their friends back home….if it were me,the next camping trip would be with the wife or girlfriend,and leaving the kids back home…

  6. sierragrl April 6, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    So, of the activities listed that are distractions, which ones are illegal? Anyone have a reference to the actual laws that apply?

    We all know that texting while driving is illegal, and phone calls are to be hands free, but beyond that, I don’t know what the laws are.

  7. Verne Disney April 6, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    I figure anyone that is “so important” they need to be texting or talking in a car should be riding in the back seat of a limousine 😉

  8. Trouble April 6, 2016 at 5:09 am #

    There ya go, now we’re all criminals.

    • Verne Disney April 7, 2016 at 3:30 am #

      Not all of us Trouble, just the dim wits who drive while texting/talking. Studies have shown that texting and driving is even more dangerous than driving under the influence. But I’m assuming that driving under the influence is your God given right also 🙁

      • Trouble April 9, 2016 at 6:26 am #

        I actually agree with you Verne, when said like that. I just get tired of all the new laws that have impeded so many of our civil liberties in the name of public safety.

    • Low-Inyo April 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

      ….not all of us…I’ve never had or owned a cell phone….and don’t even know what texting is or how to text… need or desire to keep track or in touch with anyone 24/7….land-line phone with an answering machine for me….call….leave a message….if I’m home,I’ll pick up…maybe,depending on who’s calling and what they want…if I’m not home,I’ll get back to ya….maybe….depending on who it is and what they want.I can’t imagine anything worse than being out,maybe driving or in a campground fishing,and be getting a ring on a cell phone and feeling obligated to answer….and if you don’t later get balled out for not doing so…

  9. Tinner April 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Crazy how many people are controlled by their smart phones, they can’t put them down.
    Criminals have never had it so easy to find a victim.


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