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Ithaca Distracted Driving Diversion Class Reinstated

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The Ithaca Police Department has announced the reinstatement of their distracted driving diversion program, after being forced temporarily canceled the class until it could be brought into compliance with the new criminal justice reforms.

“The Ithaca Police Department has been working diligently with City Attorney, Robert Sarachan, over the past few weeks to continue the program and we are proud to announce that a solution to the temporary cancellation of the class has been found,” said Sgt. Loretta Tomberelli.

The program is offered monthly at the Tompkins County Public Library as an educational alternative for drivers who receive a ticket for cell phone use while driving.

In place since September 2017, Sgt. Tomberelli says it’s so far has led to a 26% reduction in distracted driving accidents in the city.

The next session is scheduled for February 4th.

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