CHP to Motorists: Don’t Text and Drive

A press release issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is asking motorists not to text while they drive. The CHP is calling distracted driving a “dangerous epidemic on California Roadways.” Distracted driving takes a driver’s focus away from the roadway. With an apparent increase in cars striking pedestrians and cyclists recently, one can’t help but wonder if these drivers are distracted. The CHP wants to remind motorists that driving is a complex task that requires a person’s full attention. Even taking one’s vision away from the road for a second or two can lead to a devastating or fatal crash.

Distracted Driving Facts

• In 2011, more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
• In 2012, officers with the CHP issued over 168,000 citations for violations involving handheld cell phones or texting.
• That averages out to be 14,000 distracted driving citations each month.
• In 2010, 18 percent of injury-crashes involved distracted drivers.
• 69 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported having talked their cell phones while driving at least once within a 30 day period prior to being surveyed.
• 31 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported having read or sent text or email messages at least once within the 30 day period prior to being surveyed.

The Adult Distracted Driving Safety Campaign

The CHP plans to crack down on distracted driving this year with the help of a grant-funded Adult Distracted Driving Traffic Safety Campaign. This statewide campaign will include at least 60 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 safety presentations. This grant, which aims to make California roadways safer for motorists, is being funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What to do After a Crash

After any crash, it’s absolutely critical to get your health taken care of first. You need to get medically evaluated, even after seemingly minor crashes. Once your health has been addressed, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer can be your advocate during a difficult time. It’s not always apparent that a driver was distracted, so the case may need some additional investigative work. Contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation today.

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