Someone using their phone while driving their car.

Someone using their phone while driving their car.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about the number of citations issued during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the CHP, in spite of a statewide public education campaign about the dangers of distracted driving, CHP officers issued 19,850 citations during the Month of April to drivers for violating California’s handsfree cell phone laws. This is reportedly a 3.6 percent increase from April 2018. The campaign included two statewide zero-tolerance enforcement days, April 4 and April 19, during which, 2,459 citations were issued.

Distracted Driving by The Numbers

  • In 2017, 3,166 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in the U.S.
  • 297 people were killed in crashes involving distracted teen drivers in 2017.
  • In 2017, nine percent of all fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • Six percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2017 were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • In 2017, there were 599 nonoccupants (pedestrians, cyclists and others) killed in distraction-affected crashes.

Distractions Behind the Wheel are More Than Just Cell Phones

In addition to raising awareness about the dangers of texting while driving, the CHP, in combination with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and Impact Teen Drivers (ITD), also educated motorists about other types of distractions behind the wheel. Any activity that takes your mind, eyes or hands away from the task of driving is considered a distraction behind the wheel.

Distractions Behind the Wheel

  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Applying makeup
  • Reaching for fallen objects
  • Using a vehicle’s touchscreen
  • Turning knobs or dials
  • Pressing buttons
  • Changing clothes

Distracted Driving Accidents in California

In California, it’s against the law to hold a wireless telephone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle. Additionally, drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use a cell phone for any reason, including handsfree, behind the wheel.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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