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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