UB to crack down on distracted driving on North Campus

BUFFALO. N.Y. (WKBW) - The University at Buffalo says distracted driving is the biggest traffic problem on the North Campus, and the school plans to devote federal funding toward reducing the problem.

UB Police (UPD) report that most of the serious traffic accidents on the North Campus are caused by distracted driving, and the problem even contributed to the only traffic death on the campus in the last five years. Police say the crash happened at Audubon Parkway and Rensch Road, one of two notoriously dangerous intersections when it comes to traffic accidents. The other intersection is at Audubon Parkway and Flint Road.

Now, UPD plans to direct more than $4,000 in funding received through the Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Police Traffic Services Program (PTS) to reduce distracted driving and its impact across the North Campus.

The PTS program awards grant funding to help officers crack down on driving violations like speeding, dangerous driving, distracted driving and any other behaviors that could lead to motor vehicle crashes.

UPD plans to use the money to set up units that can specifically target distracted drivers.

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