Traffic citations down for most of Northstate


RED BLUFF, Calif. - The month of April was Distracted Driving Awareness month. Throughout the state CHP along with other law enforcement agencies raised awareness on the importance of being a responsible driver.

We wanted to know how drivers in the Northstate did, so we got the facts. Looking at the number of citations issued, it looked like they were down from last year in most areas except Red Bluff.

The reason for that could be that Red Bluff CHP has extra staff focused on just distracted driving in the month of April.

In 2013 Red Bluff CHP's office issued 21 citations .This year that number more than tripled to 67.

In 2013 the Redding area issued 117 tickets, this year 86.

Oroville's officers issued 44 tickets in 2013 and this year that number was 37.

For Chico last year CHP issued 144 citations and this year 93.

And while the numbers varied from county to county , Red Bluff CHP Public Information Officer Matthew Thompson said he hopes people are getting the message.

"Just plant that little seed so that maybe they'll think twice about sending that message or answering that phone call or driving down the freeway when they're dropping the kids off at school or running last minute errands," said Officer Thompson.

Even though Distracted Driving Awareness month is over, CHP officers said that doesn't mean they won't be on the lookout. CHP wants to also remind drivers not to text and drive and always wear a seat belt.