Target: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Goal: Commend efforts by the LA County Sheriff’s Department to eliminate warnings and increase fines for phone-related distracted driving.
Los Angeles is notorious for its traffic-clogged highways and daily traffic collisions. Despite laws banning the use of cell phones while driving, many continue to do so, putting themselves and others at serious risk.
In recent years, hundreds of Californians have been killed as a direct result of distracted driving, according to a report by the LA County Sheriff’s Department, with young drivers under the age of 20 making up the largest portion of fatalities. Certain studies have even shown that texting while driving can be as inhibiting as driving under the influence of alcohol while talking on a phone, whether hand-held or a hands-free device, can lead to “inattention blindness.” This occurs when a driver pays more attention to a conversation than the road around them and leads to both minor and major collisions.
These statistics have led the LA County Sheriff’s Department to begin a new approach to distracted driving: a zero-tolerance policy that would eliminate any first-time warnings for distracted drivers, and increase fines for phone use while behind the wheel. Other areas of the state have followed suit, cracking down on cell phone use while driving with 225 California agencies, as well as the California Highway Patrol, abiding by the zero-tolerance policy.
The efforts of the LA County Sheriff’s Department, as well as other departments across the state will help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur as a result of distracted driving. The goal, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department, is to see safer roads across the state and, ideally, the nation. Education about the dangers of distracted driving is another main goal, as stated by Traffic Services Detail’s Commanding Officer Captain Shaun J. Mathers, who expressed a desire that “once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.”
Thank the LA County Sheriff’s Department for implementing a zero-tolerance policy concerning distracted drivers, and for increasing fines for those using phones while behind the wheel.
Dear Sheriff Leroy Baca,
The recent efforts by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to implement a zero-tolerance policy in regards to distracted driving are extremely commendable. Far too many traffic collisions occur as a result of drivers ignoring the hazards of using their phones while behind the wheel and risking their own lives as well as the lives of others. By cracking down on distracted driving by doing away with warnings and enforcing increased fines, the LA County Sheriff’s Department has demonstrated its commitment to public safety and has set a precedent for other agencies across the state and the nation to follow.
Collisions caused by distracted driving are entirely preventable, and by instating a zero-tolerance policy towards drivers using cell phones, the LA County Sheriff’s department will help to make roads in LA county safer for all.
Thank you for your department’s efforts to eliminate distracted driving and in this way prevent both minor and major traffic collisions.
[Your Name Here]
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