Young man driving his car while texting.

Young man driving his car while texting.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press released calling on motorists across the state to Silence The Distractions behind the wheel. Since April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the CHP, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) are working together to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Additionally, State Troopers and other law enforcement officials throughout the State of California will be cracking down on drivers who violate the hands-free cell phone law.

Distracted Driving Stats

  • In 2017, 66 people were killed and more than 6,500 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in California.
  • In 2018, the CHP issued more than 109,000 citations for violations of the hands-free cell phone laws.
  • In a 2018 study, the OTS found that approximately 4.5 percent of drivers were seen using a cell phone behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving Primary Cause of Crashes Involving Teens

According to ITD, driver distraction is the primary cause of crashes involving teen drivers. This month, ITD officials will be reminding teen drivers to keep two hands on the wheel, two eyes on the road and their minds focused on the task of driving. They’re also reminding teens in the passenger seat to remain engaged at all times. Half of the teen driving fatalities that occurred last year were passengers being driven by other teen drivers.

Do You Drive Distracted?

Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on roadways in California and all over the nation. Texting is a triple threat behind the wheel, because it’s a visual, manual and cognitive distraction. It’s also important to remember that a variety of other behaviors can be classified as distractions behind the wheel too. If what you’re doing takes your eyes, hands or mind off of the task of driving, it’s a distraction. The best way to improve roadway safety for all motorists and roadway users is to make a commitment to distraction free driving.

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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