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Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office have announced that they'll once again be offering a distracted driving diversion class to the public after a temporary cancellation. 

The class, started in 2017, is used as an alternative for drivers who received a ticket for distracted driving due to the use of their cell phone and was used to help educate people about the dangers of such activities. 

Through work with City Attorney Bob Sarachan, the police are able to bring back the class after a short delay. The next scheduled class will be Feb. 4, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. at the TCPL Borg Warner Room. The class provides statistics and other relevant information related to distracted driving and was designed to help educate the public about its related dangers, with the hopes of reducing motor vehicle accidents within the City of Ithaca and beyond.

A press release announcing the class's reinstatement stated that in the two years since the class started, distracted driving accidents have decreased 6.6 percent and 21 percent last year. 

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