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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Police Press Release - National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

No Empty Chair

The Bethlehem Police Department will be increasing patrols during a statewide crackdown on distracted driving, as part of April's designation as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Police will also actively participate in New York State’s “Operation No Empty Chair" campaign  in April as well.  The purpose of this campaign is to ensure that every student is in their seat on graduation day, and to reduce teen tragedies. 

Starting April 12th through April 30th, police will be on patrol looking for drivers using handheld devices, including cellphones.  Police will also be focusing on speed in school zones, and taking part in Operation Safe Stop, by following school buses to ensure compliance at bus stops.  This campaign will also include road checks at various locations in the Town.

The efforts of the Bethlehem Police Department during this campaign will be funded by the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. For more information, visit   For information on distracted driving, visit

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