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New State Laws Force IPD to Suspend Distracted Driving Diversion Class

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The Ithaca Police Department has been forced to temporarily cancel the city’s Distracted Driving Diversion class, held in partnership with the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office since September 2017.

IPD Administrative Sgt. Loretta Tomberelli says the suspension is due to changes in state laws that started on January 1, 2020. She did not specify which laws the program was previously in violation of.

Officials are now working to adjust the program in order to meet the new laws and re-acquire eligibility to offer it once again.

An official announcement will be made if and when this happens.

So far, the program’s been used by nearly 1,000 citizens who got tickets for cell phone use while driving, providing them an educational alternative to the judicial system for paying their dues.

Additionally, it was created to help educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the rates of distracted driving-related crashes in the city of Ithaca, according to Sgt. Tomberelli.

The class was offered on a monthly basis and held at the Tompkins County Library.

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