April is Designated ‘National Distracted Driver Awareness Month;’ Takoma Park Police Report on Distracted Driver Citations; Weekly Crime Report 4/25/14 – 5/1/14

April is designated ‘National Distracted Driver Awareness Month,’ and Takoma Park Police officers participated and focused their efforts on distracted driving using traffic enforcement initiatives. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving; this includes using a hand-held cell phone and texting. All distractions endanger drivers, passengers, and bystanders. Takoma Park Police officers observing the above violations, as well as any other distracted driving activity, issued citations to the driver of the vehicle.

For this initiative, Takoma Park Police issued 39 citations in April 2014 for distracted driving – drivers using hand-held cell phones while driving.

This effort is part of a high-visibility enforcement initiative that combines intense enforcement with further educating the public of the dangers of distracted driving. The ultimate goal is to save lives by convincing motorists to obey the law.

Based on information provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office, approximately six percent of observed drivers are using hand held cell phones. This translates into about one out of every seventeen vehicles being driven by someone using a cell phone.

Drivers are reminded to remove all distractions while driving including any wireless devices. A wireless device is described as a hand-held or hands-free device used to access a wireless telephone service or to send or receive electronic messages. The penalty for this violation is a fine not more than $75.00 for the first offense, not more than $125.00 for a second or subsequent offense or not more than $175.00 for a third or subsequent offense. Points may be assessed by the Motor Vehicle Administration if the violation contributes to a motor vehicle crash.

Takoma Park Police will continue their efforts beyond April to focus on drivers who are distracted using hand-held cell phones, or engaging in other distracting activities while driving.

Please be safe and keep your eyes on the road for your safety and the safety of others!

Weekly Crime Report 4/25/14 – 5/1/14

Arrests:

200 block of Manor Circle, on Sunday, April 27 at 1:43 pm, a female, 63, was issued a criminal citation for theft.

7600 block of Carroll Avenue, on Monday, April 28 at 6:05 am, a female, 77, was arrested for disorderly conduct.

7600 block of Maple Avenue, on Wednesday, April 30 at 11:30 am, a male, 19, was arrested for destruction of property; disorderly conduct and other offenses.

Ward 1:

7200 block of Spruce Avenue, on Wednesday, April 30 at 12:53 pm, officers responded for fraud.

Ward 2:

None.

Ward 3:

6700 block of Poplar Avenue, on Saturday, April 26 at 3:35 pm, officers responded for a theft from auto.

200 block of Manor Circle, on Sunday, April 27 at 1:43 pm, officers responded for a theft.

6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Thursday, May 1 at 7:18 am, officers responded for a gas station theft from auto.

Ward 4:

7500 block of Maple Avenue, on Saturday, April 26 at 7:19 pm, officers responded for a theft.

100 block of Ritchie Avenue, on Tuesday, April 29 at 10:10 pm, officers responded for a residential burglary.

Ward 5:

8300 block of Eastridge Avenue, on Saturday, April 26 at 11:47 am, officers responded for vandalism.

8300 block of Roanoke Avenue, on Saturday, April 26 at 4:32 pm, officers responded for a burglary.

600 block of Houston Avenue, on Sunday, April 27 at 7:35 am, officers responded for vandalism.

Ward 6:

7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Friday, April 25 at 3:29 pm, officers responded for a theft.

7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Saturday, April 26 at 1:50 pm, officers responded for vandalism.

7800 block of Wildwood Drive, on Monday, April 28 at 12:49 pm, officers responded for a fraud.

7900 block of Kennewick Avenue, on Tuesday, April 29 at 12:20 pm, officers responded for a stolen vehicle.

8100 block of Lockney Avenue, on Wednesday, April 30 at 6:37 am, officers responded for a destruction of property.

8000 block of Wildwood Drive, on Wednesday, April 30 at 6:52 am, officers responded for vandalism.

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