Local authorities to join safe driving campaigns in April

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in the Town of Tonawanda will take part three separate educational, enforcement driving campaigns in April.

The first, “U Text, U Drive, U Pay,” will be conducted from April 8-13. During this time, officers will focus on texting and other phone-related violations while monitoring traffic. Members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will also participate in this campaign.

The second campaign, which will run from April 18-22, is called “No Empty Chair.” Officers will target teen drivers during this time and try to make a change in their driving behavior through enforcement and education. Members of the police department will be in the vicinity of the school enforcing laws related to seatbelts, speed and other violations during this time.

Finally, the third campaign, called “Operation Safe Stop,” will focus on school bus safety. Drivers will be reminded to obey the flashing red lights on stopped school buses as officers shadow the buses. “Operation Safe Stop” will happen on April 21.

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies have issued over 220 tickets related to cell phone use while driving since April 1 of last year.

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