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Caltrans Memorial Sign Honors Retired Westminster Police Chief James Mitchell "Mitch" Waller

Caltrans News Flash #84 - Caltrans calls on all drivers to not text while driving

Date: June 23, 2016
District: District 12
Contact: Yvonne Washington
Phone: (949) 724-2644
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

IRVINE – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently honored retired Westminster Police Chief James Mitchell "Mitch" Waller with a memorial sign dedication ceremony to rename a 5-mile stretch of Interstate 405. The northbound sign is near the SR-133, and the southbound sign is between Jamboree Road and Culver Drive.

Waller was killed by a distracted driver in 2013. The long-time police officer, city manager and Eagle Scout was with a friend on his typical Friday morning 50-mile bicycle ride on State Highway 133 toward Laguna Beach when the tragedy occurred.

According to the US Department of Transportation, Waller was one of 3,157 people killed in 2013, in cases of distracted driving. In 2014, distracted drivers killed 3,129 people.

Caltrans calls on all drivers not to text while driving or drive while distracted.

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This Caltrans News Flash is the 84th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube.

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