Burglary: On Wednesday April 4, Anna Police were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Mill Street. The victim reported her home was burglarized while not in the residence. Several items were taken.


On Thursday March 29, Anna Police received a call about a burglary of a vehicle. When officers arrived to the location at US 75 and County Road 371, they noticed several items and tools were taken.


Vehicle Accident and Arrests: Anna Police responded to an accident on US 75 Northbound on Saturday, March 31. Upon conducting the crash investigation, officers noticed that one of the drivers did not have a valid operator’s license. Police also found the suspect had 13 warrants for his arrest from various North Texas agencies. The suspect from Arlington was arrested the warrants, plus Driving with an Invalid License.


On Saturday March 31, officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver, the officer suspected the driver was intoxicated. The officer conducted a road side sobriety test and the driver failed. The driver from Melissa was arrested and taken to a local hospital for blood draw.


“For the past decade, distracted driving has taken the nation’s roads by storm, endangering not only those who drive distracted, but also those drivers’ passengers, adjacent vehicle occupants and nearby pedestrians,” a press release from the Anna Police Department read. “Distracted driving takes many forms: talking on or manipulating the phone, adjusting the radio, applying makeup, eating, or drinking can all distract a driver from the essential task of safe driving. However, texting is one of the most common, pervasive forms of distracted driving, and too many drivers are succumbing to this deadly—and often illegal—habit. That’s why the Anna Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to raise awareness about the potentially deadly risks from texting while driving. From April 12 to 16, 2018, as part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign, law enforcement will be watching closely for distracted drivers.”


Frightening Stats


· According to NHTSA, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016.


· In 2016, 9.2 percent of fatal crashes in 2016 were reported as distraction-related.


· Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. According to NHTSA, young drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.


· Nine percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old who were involved in fatal crashes were reported as being distracted at the time of the crash in 2016. This age group has the largest percentage of drivers who were distracted at the time of a fatal crash.


· Handheld cellphone use while driving is highest among 15- to 29-year-old drivers, but female drivers are most at-risk for being involved in a fatal crash involving a distracted driver.


· Female drivers with a cell phone have been more likely to be involved in fatal distracted-driving crashes as compared to male drivers every year since 2012.