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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
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For Immediate Release September 24, 2014
CONTACT: 623 222-4000

Surprise Police to host “Dangers of Distracted Driving” presentation Sept.  25

Surprise, AZ (September 24, 2014) The Surprise Police Department will be hosting a “Dangers of Distracted Driving” community presentation on September 25 from 6 – 8 p.m.  The event will be held in the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 West Statler Plaza. A demonstration by the department’s K-9 unit will follow the presentation.

Distracted driving is ANY activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.  ALL distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.  These types of distractions include:

• Texting
• Using a cell phone or smart phone
• Eating and drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Grooming
• Reading, including maps
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player

Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

Although distracted driving affects us all, our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under 20 years old.  In 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes on America’s roadways.  (

Warning:  This presentation includes videos with images of vehicle collisions as well as interviews with subjects involved in fatal collisions where distracted driving was a contributor.

For information on this and future Crime Prevention presentations, please call 623.222.4000 or visit