Pasadena Police Write 366 Citations for Texting-While-Driving During Four One-Day Special Enforcement Operations

In all, Pasadena police motor officers issued 639 tickets over four special operations in April

Published : Monday, April 29, 2019 | 1:57 PM

The Pasadena Police Dept. said Monday its officers issued 639 citations during four one-day special traffic enforcement operations throughout April, more than half of them, or 366, for texting while driving.

“This is an especially dangerous habit, as looking at or replying to a text requires you to take your eyes off of the road,” Traffic Section Lt. Mark Goodman said. “A vehicle can travel hundreds of feet in just a few seconds, essentially driving blind, while a motorist looks at a cell phone. The results can be deadly.”

April was Distracted Driver Awareness Month.

The four enforcement programs also resulted in 89 people being cited for failing to use a hands-free device while talking on a cell phone; 187 people were cited for other violations during the operation.

“These operations hit especially close to home for the officers who responded to a fatal collision that took place in 2016 that was directly linked to distracted driving,” Goodman said.

In the early morning hours of January 12, 2016, a 19-year-old man ran a red light while speeding and watching a music video on his cell phone, and collided with a 41-year-old mother and her 18-year-old daughter who were less than three blocks from home. Mother and daughter were killed, and the man was sent to prison for five years.

“Most people do not understand the danger and potential life-changing dynamics involved with checking a text message or looking at a cell phone while driving,” said Goodman. “Our officers write citations almost daily to people who are texting and driving or failing to use a hands-free device.”

The police department said while they may focus resources specifically on distracted driving during the month of April, the focus on traffic safety, including distracted driving, happens throughout the year.

“Our goal is to make Pasadena a safer place to drive, walk, and bike every day,” Goodman said.

The department wrapped up its final Distracted Driver Awareness Month operation on Friday, April 26, a police statement said.







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