The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about their upcoming efforts to reduce teen distracted driving across the state. Although drivers of all ages can engage in dangerous distracted behaviors behind the wheel, teens are at a particularly high risk for engaging in distracted driving and being involved in a distracted driving-related collision. The Teen Distracted Drivers Education and Enforcement VI campaign will run until September 30, 2017. This grant-funded safety campaign will consist of both educational and enforcement components.

Driver Inexperience and Peer Pressure

This safety campaign isn’t just about raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. It’s also specifically focused on the challenges facing inexperienced teen drivers on California roadways. It takes into account the lack of experience teens have behind the wheel and their perceived need to stay connected at all times via text and mobile device. The CHP will be working with Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) to tailor this campaign to the needs and specific challenges facing California’s most at-risk age group for distracted-driving-related crashes.

Teen Distracted Driving by The Numbers

  • In 2013, 10 percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal collisions were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • In 2013, the 15 to 19-year-old age group represented the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of a collision.
  • At any given daylight moment across the nation, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or mobile devices while driving.

Teen Distracted Driving Accidents in San Diego

The CHP will be traveling to schools and conduct community events across the state. In addition to the educational component of this safety campaign, the CHP will also be stepping up enforcement efforts to crack down on teen distracted drivers and distracted drivers of all ages.

If you or your child has been injured in a car accident involving a distracted teen driver in San Diego, throughout the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, 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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