The constant movement of dense vehicular traffic and pedestrians in close proximity is an ongoing challenge in West Hollywood and in cities across the nation. The City of West Hollywood works to raise awareness about safe driving, distractions, and pedestrian safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- 3,450 people were killed in 2016 due to distracted driving and;
- in 2015, 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving.
The City of West Hollywood has launched a public service campaign called Drive Mindfully, which reminds community members to embrace a mindful approach to driving. When we Drive Mindfully, we all do our part to help encourage safety in the community whether we’re driving, bicycling, or walking.
Drive Mindfully messages are featured in community-based ads, postcards, and lawn signs, as well as in the City’s social media on @wehocity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
In addition, deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station regularly issue citations for:
- Handheld phone calls
- Texting while driving
- Throwing waste out of moving vehicles
- Driving without headlights
- Illegal turns
- Not stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalk
- Jaywalking, among other infractions.
If you’re interested in getting a free Drive Mindfully sign from the City of West Hollywood, they are available at West Hollywood City Hall. Please call the City of West Hollywood’s Communications Department for additional information at (323) 848-6423.