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Distracted Driver Awareness
updated: Mar 22, 2013, 4:05 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department

Wednesday, March 27th at Noon in Buellton

Buellton- The National Highway and Safety Administration for the third year in a row have designated April as National Distracted Driver Awareness Month. As part of a nation-wide effort to cut back on the dangerous tide of texting and cell phone use while driving, the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and Lompoc Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies will increase enforcement of inattentive drivers during the month of April.

On Wednesday, March 27th at Noon at "Avenue of the Flags" in Buellton across from Pea Soup Andersons a press conference will be held to announce Distracted Driver Awareness Month and release statics, information and tips on what can be done to lower the deaths and injuries caused by drivers who are texting and using their cell phones. The heads of several local law enforcement agencies along with Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley will be present to show their solidarity and support for this campaign. The speakers will include CHP Coastal Division Chief Jeff Sgobba, Sheriff Bill Brown, District Attorney Joyce Dudley, Santa Barbara Police Chief Cam Sanchez, Lompoc Police Chief Larry Rolston and Eilene Okerblom of Santa Maria whose son Eric Okerblom was killed by a distracted driver in 2009.

A thirty second Public Service Announcement video will be released to the media at the press conference to use for your coverage of this important public safety campaign. Also for more information about Eric Okerblom's story, go to our website at www.sbsheriff.org and click on the distracted driver video link.

We hope to see you at the press conference and look forward to working with you on getting the word out about the dangers of driving while distracted.

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