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Law enforcement targets distracted drivers

Staff reports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol and South Lake Tahoe police will be on the look out for distracted drivers through April, according to statements from the agencies this week.

The efforts are part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and will focus on people using cell phones while driving, either to talk or to text.

A two-day, statewide enforcement effort begins Monday at 6 a.m. Two additional 24 hour, zero tolerance enforcement campaigns will be held April 12 and 26 starting at 6 a.m.

South Lake Tahoe police will target cell phone using motorists all month, said police Sgt. Shannon Laney in a statement.

“Our intention is to bring attention to distracted driving and the dangers involved with it to ultimately make our roads a little safer as we move into the summer travel season,” Laney said.

In 2009, more than 26,000 collisions were caused in-part by driver inattention, killing 116 and injuring more than 17,000, according to the CHP.


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