State Police using non-traditional vehicles in effort to detect distracting driving


Delaware State Police are using non-traditional vehicles, including state vans, to spot drivers engaging in distracting driving.

Two efforts were made on March 29 and April 12, the Office of Highway Safety reported.

The first netted 13 violations for distracted driving, six seat belt violations, and five other violations for a total of 24 tickets issued. The second enforcement resulted in 17 distracted driving violations, five seatbelt violations, and five other violations, including one person arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

“We want Delaware motorists to understand the risks of cell phone and other mobile device usages while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds could result in a crash that could result in serious injury or death. We are serious about enforcement of our traffic laws for everyone’s safety,” said Mitch Topal, OHS marketing specialist.

“The Delaware State Police would like to inform motorists that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Driving needs your full attention and one quick look at a cell phone or a glance at the radio can divert your attention away from the roadway and lead to a crash. Public Safety on our roads is a top priority, as such we have partnered with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety to enhance enforcement targeting those who are driving distracted,” said Sergeant Richard Bratz, Director of the Public Information Office of the Delaware State Police.

Nationally and in Delaware, distracted driving fatalities have been trending upward since 2012.

A release also cited the higher rate of use of electronic devices by drivers under age 24.
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