The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their ongoing efforts to reduce distracted driving in the adult driver age group. According to the CHP, distracted driving isn’t just a problem for teens, it spans across all age groups in California. They are currently publicizing their campaign aimed at adult drivers, because they present additional challenges, and also serve as role models for younger drivers. The CHP has a yearlong grant to fund the Adult Distracted Driving (ADD) program, which started on October 1, 2018. This program combines both educational and enforcement components aimed at reducing distracted behaviors in adult drivers.
Distracted Driving is a National Epidemic Across Age Groups
Teens and young adults aren’t the only drivers who are engaging in distracted driving behind the wheel. The CHP reports that thousands of people are killed in distracted driving nationwide each year. This year, the CHP is working with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to launch their ADD program in efforts to reduce the number of distracted driving injury and fatal crashes in the State of California.
Put The Phone Down and Focus on Driving
When you’re behind the wheel, the only thing that matters is getting to your destination safely. The CHP is urging drivers to put their phones down. The text or call can wait. If you’re behind the wheel, you need to devote your full and undivided attention to the task at hand. It’s also important to note that texting and talking on a phone aren’t the only types of distractions behind the wheel. Eating, talking to passengers, grooming and other tasks that take your attention away from the road are also distractions.
Distracted Driving Accidents in California
Cases of distracted driving can often take additional investigative efforts. Unlike the Breathalyzer, there is not immediate test for distracted driving. If you suspect a distracted driver caused your crash, contact a Personal Injury lawyer as soon as possible about your claim. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with the crash.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.