The Scott Police Division has seen a lower in visitors crashes this yr in comparison with 2019-2020, and Chief Chad Leger is working to be sure that pattern continues.
Scott PD is partnering with Brian Schlesinger State Farm on a brand new security marketing campaign referred to as “Buckle Up, Cellphone Down.” Tuesday, Public Works began putting in 40 reflective indicators underneath cease indicators all through town, largely in subdivisions and excessive visitors areas, to remind drivers to 1) placed on their seat belts and a couple of) drive responsibly, not distracted, by placing down their cell telephones.
After a number of years of a rise in visitors crashes, with many being attributable to distracted driving, Leger stated Scott Police have responded to 129 fewer crashes this yr than final yr. The marketing campaign is geared toward making residents extra attentive behind the wheel, particularly with a number of building tasks both ongoing or deliberate in Scott over the following yr and a half.
“Plenty of building goes to be occurring within the metropolis and we would like individuals to concentrate. There might be a number of shifting components within the subsequent yr and a half,” the chief stated in a press convention Tuesday to announce the marketing campaign. “You’ll be able to’t be efficient at what you are going to do if you cannot get there.”
Scott Police acquired a grant from Brian Schlesinger State Farm for $1,000, which allowed an improve from common indicators to reflective, which Chief Leger says means drivers will be capable to see the indicators 24/7, even at night time.
Based on Schlesinger, State Farm statistics reveal that 91% of drivers have a smartphone and nearly 80% admit to utilizing their cellular phone whereas driving.
“Automobile security is extraordinarily vital to State Farm, and each time Chief Leger got here up with this concept, I jumped on the alternative to accomplice with the police division on this initiative,” he added.
And the “Buckle Up, Cellphone Down” security marketing campaign is not the one one within the works. Leger stated the police division has just a few different campaigns within the works and launching over the following few weeks, together with one involving railways.
Total, the aim is to unfold consciousness and ensure all drivers are being protected.
The chief acknowledged, “We wish individuals to make it from Level A to Level B as protected as attainable to get their missions achieved.”
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