Target Zero: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Local law enforcement agencies, working with the Target Zero campaign, will be out this month trying to stop distracted drivers on Clark County roads.

Local law enforcement agents will have emphasis patrols throughout April

Texting while driving is just one of the many actions that constitute distracted driving, and this being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Target Zero is launching a campaign to remind drivers to remain focused on … driving.

No Scrolling … While Rolling.

Law enforcement agencies in Southwest Washington are teaming up to add additional patrols this month, focusing on distracted driving. 

Distracted driving is a violation of Washington’s Driving Under the Influence of Electronics (E-DUI) law, which states drivers cannot hold cell phones or watch videos while they are driving, stopped in traffic, or even stopped at a light. Hands-free use is limited to a single-touch device.

The first violation is a $136 fine. If a driver receives a second ticket within five years, the fine increases to $234.

Distraction is not limited to electronics. Eating, drinking, and personal grooming also take attention away from safely operating a vehicle. 

Target Zero, Washington’s campaign to have zero traffic deaths on the state’s roads and highways by 2030, wants to remind the community that road safety requires each of us to make safe choices. 

Here are some ways you can help.

  • Be a model. Be a distraction-free driver yourself.
  • Discuss safe driving practices. Let friends know how you ensure you are distraction-free.
  • Be an advocate. Say something if someone you know is driving distracted.
  • This month, Clark County law enforcement agencies will work together, emphasizing the importance of stopping distracted drivers.

Participating local agencies include: Battle Ground Police Department; Ridgefield Police Department; Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency; Vancouver Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol.

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