The Chandler Police Department, Chandler Fire, Health, & Medical Department, Safe and Secure, Inc., and Ocotillo Friends recently launched a Distracted Driving Campaign to the Chandler community. The campaign is in response to an increase in traffic collisions due to distracted driving.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), 2015 crash reports show 48% of the drivers involved in a collision were distracted by an activity with an electronic device (ADOT, 2015).
Cellphone use laws have been enacted in several cities with the desire to reduce traffic collisions as a result of drivers being distracted by cellphone use. The resulting research has shown a very small decrease in collisions involving distraction. (Journalist Resource, 2014).
The Carnegie Mellon group also did research into this concern and found that without consistent directed enforcement drivers will continue to operate vehicles while using cellphones (Carnegie Mellon University Research Group, 200870-80). The group also found that the highest distraction to a driver is speaking while driving.
You can take the pledge at any Chandler Police Department Precinct or any of the following local businesses:
Foley’s Heating and Cooling
Stacey Akers-Luxury Home Specialist/NextHome ValleyWide
Your Loan Gal, Kari Zurn
Burst of Butterflies Create and Paint
Ignite Physical Therapy
Ice Cream Sammies
All About You MedSpa
The Living Room
Chandler Living Magazine
Highland Vintage Yard
Atlas Performance Training
Real Estate With Celeste Wolfe
Joanne’s Weekly Meals
Lisa St. Peter
Participants will be provided a W82TXT thumb band or bracelet, a pledge to commit to not text and drive, and a website link to valuable resources including PSA’s from Chandler PD.
Safe and Secure, Inc. and Ocotillo Friends alongside of law enforcement mobilizes citizens to help reduce risk taking driving and internet behaviors by providing digital citizenship trainings, community leadership, preventative education, and strategic collaboration.