Put down that phone! Deputies step up enforcement during 'National Distracted Driving Month'

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 11:16 a.m.


Drive to Zero billboard


April is "National Distracted Driving Month." Deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be on the lookout, enforcing distracted-driving laws and educating distracted drivers.

Clackamas County is also participating in the campaign -- visit DriveToZero.org for details.

What is "distracted driving"? It's a lot more than your iPhone. There are several types:

  • VISUAL: looking at something other than the road;
  • AUDITORY: hearing something not related to driving;
  • MANUAL: manipulating something other than the steering wheel; and
  • COGNITIVE: thinking about something other than driving.

In other words, a "distraction" is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the task of driving to focus on something else.

Learn more about the national campaign at the social-media hashtag #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth

The Sheriff's Office has produced video PSAs about distracted driving in the past, available online here:

Billboards and newspaper advertising for the "Drive to Zero" distracted-driving campaign are also lined above.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office