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Safe driving is focus of three campaigns by Town of Tonawanda police

Texting drivers, distracted teenaged drivers and school bus safety will be the focus this month of three educational and enforcement campaigns by police in the Town of Tonawanda.

The first campaign “U text, U Drive, U Pay” continues through Wednesday. Officers are detailed to monitor traffic and specifically enforce all texting/phone related driving violations, according to a news release.

The second campaign “No Empty Chair” runs April 18-22 and is designed to change teens’ driving behavior. “No Empty Chair” refers to no empty chairs — no one missing — at graduation in June as a result of injury or death because of driving, police said.

School Resource Officers will educate students during the school day, while detailed officers will be posted near the town’s high schools and enforcing common teen driving violations such as distracted driving, seatbelts, speeding and others.

Officers will also take part on April 21 in the statewide “Operation Safe Stop,” an annual event to promote school bus safety by reminding drivers to demonstrate caution and obey the flashing red lights on a stopped school bus. Detailed officers will be shadowing school buses and enforcing school bus related violations.