YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Police Department and the Alliance for Safe Kids are teaming up to curb distracted driving.
On Tuesday, police conducted a distracted driving detail at the intersection of routes 202/35/118. The enforcement detail resulted in 35 tickets during the four-hour operation.
“This type of traffic detail will be a common theme throughout the spring and summer for us. Not only is distracted driving extremely dangerous, it is a 5-point violation when caught,” said Yorktown Police Chief, Robert Noble. “I am happy to say that most people observed today were not on their phones. Sad to say we did spread some paper around for those who were. The call can wait. The text can wait. One hand on the wheel and one on the phone is not safe.”
State Farm is working with the police and ASK for a special driving safety initiative to urge drivers to put their phones down and pay attention. The local distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through enforcement, public awareness, and education.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.