Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Safety and Fun Community Event

Richland PD's Community Services Unit is inviting children to stop by the Police Station between the hours of 3 PM and 6 PM on October 31, 2013. Our goal is to host an event that will allow us to promote Halloween, child and personal safety.  There will be a patrol car for the kids to look at, flyer's & coloring books on safety topics for both the kids and their parents & since it is Halloween we will even have some candy for the kids. 

RPD is excited to interact with the citizens of this great community and their children.  If you have any questions about this event contact Ofc. Rick Kane.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2014 Citizens Academy Now Accepting Applications

The 2014 Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for enrollment. If you are like most folks, you probably haven’t had the occasion to learn much about the workings of your police department, the criminal justice system, or the emergency response system in your community.  For Richland citizens, your police department offers an annual twelve-session Citizens’ Police Academy which begins in January 7th and continues into March 25th.  The Academy classes are held Tuesday night of each week, and one Saturday session toward the end of the Academy. Attendance is limited; priority attendance will be given to current Richland residents and those who have not attended before.  These positions are filled on a first-come-first-served basis, so if you’re interested don’t delay!  To apply, complete the app below and mail to Richland PD, Attn. Ofc. Rick Kane, PO BOX 190, MS-17, Richland, WA 99352, or drop it off at the station.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Distracted Driving Education

The Richland Police Department Traffic Safety Unit is asking you to please put down the cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.  The Washington State Law RCW 46.61.667 Using a wireless communications device while driving and RCW 46.61.668 Texting while driving while cost you $124.00 fine.  We remind you that drivers with an Intermediate License cannot use a cell phone while driving even hands free.  

Parents please watch the attached video of a family dealing with the loss of a child due to texting while driving.  Please talk with your children about this video and the consequences texting could cause your family. 

What is distracted driving?
Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off your primary task: driving safely. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing
Who are the most serious offenders?
Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 16% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under 20. But they are not alone. At any given moment during daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.

Sending or reading one text is pretty quick, unlike a phone conversation - wouldn't that be okay?
Texting is the most alarming distraction because it involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction simultaneously. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded. It's extraordinarily dangerous. If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Cpl. Scott Morrell at 509-942-7715.