CHP: Is Distracted Driving Worth It?

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their upcoming statewide campaign to reduce distracted driving related crashes on California roadways. Through their new campaign, the Adult Distracted Drivers (ADD) XII grant, they will be able to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving while enhancing enforcement efforts throughout the state.

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System data, in 2019, there were close to 19,000 crashes where driver inattention was a factor. Additionally, of the 9,371 drivers involved in fatal or injury causing distracted driving crashes in 2019, nearly 10 percent cited cell phone use as the source of inattention.

Distracted Driving is 100-Percent Preventable

Officials with the CHP are quick to remind motorists that distracted driving is 100-percent preventable. Distracted driving is a choice, and when you make that choice, you’re exponentially increasing your odds of being in an injury causing or potentially fatal car crash. The safest choice is to just put your phone down when you’re driving.

While there are all different types of distractions behind the wheel, cell phone use seems to be one of the most prevalent. Thankfully, this is an easy distraction to eliminate. All you have to do is put your cell phone in the back seat and put the ringer on silent. Texts and calls can wait. Handheld cell phone use while driving is illegal in California, so you’re also saving yourself from getting a potential ticket.

Make a Commitment to Distraction-Free Driving

Hands-free options haven’t been shown to be substantially safer, so when it comes to driving, just give your full attention to the road. Remember that any behavior that takes your hands, mind or eyes off of the road is a distraction. Operating a motor vehicle requires your full attention, and a phone call or text is not worth risking your life or anybody else’s life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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