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Stay Focused, Stay Safe: Get Off Your Apps April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month El Dorado County, Calif. – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a time to put safety in the driver’s seat. Law Enforcement will be actively looking for drivers throughout the month who are in violation of the state’s hands-free cell phone law. “In today’s fast-paced life, it is common to lose focus while driving,” Assistant District Attorney Jim Clinchard said. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a crucial reminder that even a moment of inattention or a quick glance at the phone can lead to serious consequences. Let’s get off our apps and keep our eyes on the road. Before starting the car, silence your phone or put it in the glove box, trunk, or back seat. Anywhere you can’t reach.” According to the 2023 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 74% of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting was their biggest safety concern. In 2021, there were at least 140 people killed in distracted driving traffic crashes in California. The numbers are likely underreported because law enforcement officers may not always be able to tell that distraction was a factor in a crash. Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle, even when stopped at a red light. This includes talking, texting, or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine, and violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record. If you have an important phone call, text, or email, or are in a situation with other distractions, such as looking up directions, pull over to a safe parking spot to complete the task without putting yourself and others at risk. Other distractions can be eating, grooming, reaching for something that fell on the floor, putting on or taking off clothing, talking with passengers, or children in the back seat.

Stay Focused, Stay Safe: Get Off Your Apps

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

El Dorado County, Calif. – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a time to put safety in the driver’s seat. Law Enforcement will be actively looking for drivers throughout the month who are in violation of the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

“In today’s fast-paced life, it is common to lose focus while driving,” Assistant District Attorney Jim Clinchard said. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a crucial reminder that even a moment of inattention or a quick glance at the phone can lead to serious consequences. Let’s get off our apps and keep our eyes on the road. Before starting the car, silence your phone or put it in the glove box, trunk, or back seat. Anywhere you can’t reach.”

According to the 2023 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 74% of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting was their biggest safety concern. In 2021, there were at least 140 people killed in distracted driving traffic crashes in California. The numbers are likely underreported because law enforcement officers may not always be able to tell that distraction was a factor in a crash.

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle, even when stopped at a red light. This includes talking, texting, or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine, and violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

If you have an important phone call, text, or email, or are in a situation with other distractions, such as looking up directions, pull over to a safe parking spot to complete the task without putting yourself and others at risk. Other distractions can be eating, grooming, reaching for something that fell on the floor, putting on or taking off clothing, talking with passengers, or children in the back seat.

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Meet Ashlee, Investigative Assistant at the DA’s Office! What does Ashlee’s role consist of? As an Investigative Assistant at the District Attorney’s Office, Ashlee specializes in providing technical investigation support. Her role involves offering general assistance to the investigators, support staff, and Deputy District Attorneys (DDAs) in the day-to-day operations of the department. Additionally, she manages Property and Evidence, ensuring seamless proceedings within the office. Favorite Part of the Job: What truly excites Ashlee about working at the DA’s office is the flexibility in her schedule. This, coupled with the unwavering support provided by supervisors, empowers her to perform her duties efficiently. Moreover, she cherishes the invaluable opportunity to delve into various facets of Law Enforcement, constantly broadening her knowledge and skills. How long has Ashlee been working for the DA? Ashlee has been dedicated to serving the District Attorney’s Office for 2 and a half years, striving to contribute meaningfully to the mission. Favorite Quote: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem

Meet Ashlee, Investigative Assistant at the DA’s Office!

What does Ashlee’s role consist of?
As an Investigative Assistant at the District Attorney’s Office, Ashlee specializes in providing technical investigation support. Her role involves offering general assistance to the investigators, support staff, and Deputy District Attorneys (DDAs) in the day-to-day operations of the department. Additionally, she manages Property and Evidence, ensuring seamless proceedings within the office.

Favorite Part of the Job:
What truly excites Ashlee about working at the DA’s office is the flexibility in her schedule. This, coupled with the unwavering support provided by supervisors, empowers her to perform her duties efficiently. Moreover, she cherishes the invaluable opportunity to delve into various facets of Law Enforcement, constantly broadening her knowledge and skills.

How long has Ashlee been working for the DA?
Ashlee has been dedicated to serving the District Attorney’s Office for 2 and a half years, striving to contribute meaningfully to the mission.

Favorite Quote:
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join the El Dorado District County District Attorney’s Office by wearing blue on Fridays to symbolize your support. This is a time when our community can come together to raise awareness about services to help children and families thrive! Signs of child abuse can vary depending on the type of abuse, but some common signs are injuries, sudden changes in behavior, fear of seeing certain people, lack of hygiene, and/or inappropriate sexual behaviors for the child’s age. It’s important to have open conversations with your children on a regular basis. For more information click on the link below. About National Child Abuse Prevention Month | Child Welfare Information Gateway

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join the El Dorado District County District Attorney’s Office by wearing blue on Fridays to symbolize your support. This is a time when our community can come together to raise awareness about services to help children and families thrive! Signs of child abuse can vary depending on the type of abuse, but some common signs are injuries, sudden changes in behavior, fear of seeing certain people, lack of hygiene, and/or inappropriate sexual behaviors for the child’s age. It’s important to have open conversations with your children on a regular basis. For more information click on the link below.

About National Child Abuse Prevention Month | Child Welfare Information Gateway

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Knowledge is power. On April 2nd, staffers from the District Attorney’s Office were in South Lake Tahoe to participate in the annual Drug Store Project, a countywide collaboration between more than 45 agencies that educates young people about the dangers of substance use and abuse. The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office focuses on teaching youth about what takes place in the courtroom.

Knowledge is power.

On April 2nd, staffers from the District Attorney’s Office were in South Lake Tahoe to participate in the annual Drug Store Project, a countywide collaboration between more than 45 agencies that educates young people about the dangers of substance use and abuse.
The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office focuses on teaching youth about what takes place in the courtroom.

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The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office will mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month by doing our part to break the cycle of abuse and make sure every child has a home that is loving, nurturing and safe. Here are some activities this month by the El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Council.

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office will mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month by doing our part to break the cycle of abuse and make sure every child has a home that is loving, nurturing and safe.

Here are some activities this month by the El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Council.

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April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month, an important opportunity to listen to and honor victims in our community. The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office encourages you to take this opportunity to learn and share information about sexual abuse so we can all do our parts to make it stop. Together we can break the silence, support survivors, and educate each other!

April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month, an important opportunity to listen to and honor victims in our community. The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office encourages you to take this opportunity to learn and share information about sexual abuse so we can all do our parts to make it stop. Together we can break the silence, support survivors, and educate each other!

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Today, we pay tribute to Cesar Chavez, acknowledging his tireless dedication to enhancing the lives and workplaces of our agricultural communities. With firsthand experience as a member of the agricultural workforce, Chavez understood the economic disparities and challenging labor conditions. He laid the groundwork and championed advancements aimed at creating a fairer and more equitable society. “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” ~ Cesar Chavez Hoy rendimos homenaje a César Chávez, reconociendo su incansable dedicación para mejorar las vidas y los lugares de trabajo de nuestras comunidades agrícolas. Con experiencia de primera mano como miembro de la fuerza laboral agrícola, Chávez comprendió las disparidades económicas y las difíciles condiciones laborales. Él sentó las bases y defendió avances destinados a crear una sociedad más justa y equitativa. “No podemos buscar logros para nosotros mismos y olvidarnos del progreso y la prosperidad para nuestra comunidad… Nuestras ambiciones deben ser lo suficientemente amplias como para incluir las aspiraciones y necesidades de los demás, por su bien y por el nuestro.” ~ César Chávez

Today, we pay tribute to Cesar Chavez, acknowledging his tireless dedication to enhancing the lives and workplaces of our agricultural communities. With firsthand experience as a member of the agricultural workforce, Chavez understood the economic disparities and challenging labor conditions. He laid the groundwork and championed advancements aimed at creating a fairer and more equitable society. “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” ~ Cesar Chavez

Hoy rendimos homenaje a César Chávez, reconociendo su incansable dedicación para mejorar las vidas y los lugares de trabajo de nuestras comunidades agrícolas. Con experiencia de primera mano como miembro de la fuerza laboral agrícola, Chávez comprendió las disparidades económicas y las difíciles condiciones laborales. Él sentó las bases y defendió avances destinados a crear una sociedad más justa y equitativa.

“No podemos buscar logros para nosotros mismos y olvidarnos del progreso y la prosperidad para nuestra comunidad… Nuestras ambiciones deben ser lo suficientemente amplias como para incluir las aspiraciones y necesidades de los demás, por su bien y por el nuestro.” ~ César Chávez

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