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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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GIVE THE PHONE A “BREAK”: APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, April 06, 2021) - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Berkeley Police Department encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.

Throughout the month of April the Berkeley Police Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law. 

“When you are driving, give the phone a rest,” Lt. Mike Durbin said.  “A driver’s number one focus should be on the road. Anything that distracts you from the task of driving, especially a phone, puts yourself and others at risk.”  

According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 75% of surveyed drivers listed “Distracted Driving because of TEXTING” as their biggest safety concern. 

“Not driving distracted is a simple, but significant behavior change,” Sgt. Andrew Frankel said. “The goal is to increase compliance with the hands-free cell phone law and keep people safe.” 

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone for any reason, including hands-free. 

If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box or trunk. 

Funding for distracted driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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