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News Release
The West Linn Police Department will have extra patrol cars out specifically looking for distracted drivers throughout April, which is National Distracted Driving Month. - 03/24/21

April is National Distracted Driving month. The West Linn Police Department will be participating by having extra patrol cars out throughout the month, specifically looking for "Distracted Drivers." Here is why: 

  • “Distracted Driving” is a dangerous behavior for drivers, passengers, and non-occupants alike. Distraction is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity instead (per NHTSA). 
  • From 2014-2018 there were 13,603 fatal and injury crashes resulting in 137 fatalities and 20,992 injuries caused by crashes involving a distracted driver in Oregon (all ages).
  • 2014-2018 There were 1,193 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver (all ages) reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 18 fatalities and 1,752 people injured.
  • 2014-2018 There were 124 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver age 16-18 reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 0 fatalities and 182 people injured.

2014-2018 There were 65,138 convictions for this offense

What Can I Do?

To prevent tragedies due to distracted driving, everyone should:

  • Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
  • Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
  • Speak up when a driver uses an electronic device behind the wheel. Offer to make the call for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the road.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are your best defense against unsafe drivers.
  • Be alert for pedestrians and cyclists, especially those who may themselves be distracted.
  • Be Safe West Linn