“The Decatur Police Department recently completed a traffic enforcement campaign focusing on distracted driving, specifically illegal cell phone use. This issue has become a serious problem for traffic safety across the nation and is a major concern of the citizens in our community, as voiced in the surveys and interactions with our staff. As such, DPD conducted a directed enforcement effort from November 10th through December 10th. In that time, DPD made 80 stops and issued 76 citations for Improper Use of an Electronic Device (improper cell phone usage while driving). This campaign used different approaches for the enforcement to include (but not limited to) using undercover vehicles, stationary observers, and regular patrols.
“Our community is asking that we be more active in enforcing traffic safety laws. And I hear you. For the remainder of the year, we will continue our efforts and focus on disobeying traffic control devices (running stop lights/signs), speeding, and cell phone use. After the first of the year, I will release statistics showing our increased efforts for 2023. I believe you will be surprised with our efforts. I know, we have a lot of work to do in this area. And I promise, we will put in the work as we move forward.
“Our efforts are not about issuing citations. It is about traffic safety. Please help us in making our community safer. Slow down, pay attention, and put the cell phones down.”