Raynham police heighten patrols for distracted driving awareness month

RAYNHAM, Mass. (WLNE) — The Raynham Police Department said they’re upping their patrols in recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The month of April is nationally recognized by public safety officials as a time to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences that come with driving distracted.

The department said they received a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research to increase the number of patrols watching for distracted drivers.

“Throughout the month of April, our officers have been conducting heightened patrols to ensure all drivers are practicing attentive and engaged driving,” Chief James Donovan said.

“In doing so, we are ensuring the safety of everyone on the road, including other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians,” the chief continued.

The Raynham Police Department offered further tips to stay free of distractions when driving:

  • If you’re expecting a text or need to send one, pull over and park in a safe location off the roadway
  • Designate your passenger as the “designated texter,” to respond to calls or messages
  • Don’t engage in social media scrolling while driving
  • Try activating your phone’s “do not disturb” mode to silence incoming notifications

For more information on Distracted Driving Awareness Month and additional safety tips, visit the NHTSA’s webpage.

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