Bellingham Police Department Renews Focus on Distracted Driving
On Friday, December 14 the Bellingham Police Department held a patrol for distracted driving on Bellingham roads between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. As a result of the patrol, Bellingham police made 43 traffic stops and issued 20 tickets; six tickets were for drivers using their cell phones. Other infractions included drivers applying makeup, eating breakfast, shaving and using an iPad while driving.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
About a decade ago, Amanda Clark made the news when she survived a terrible texting and driving accident after running a stop sign and being broadsided by another driver. Somehow, the roof stayed intact and she survived the accident with minor injuries. It seemed like Amanda had learned her lesson, writing in detail about the experience for her senior project at Oakdale High School in 2006. Over time, however, Amanda returned to her old careless ways. One year after her first accident, Clark lost control of her vehicle while texting her roommate. By the time first responders pried her from the car, she hadn’t been breathing for 20 minutes and died the next day. Amanda’s mom tells the story to anyone who will listen in order to increase distracted driving awareness.Read More