CHP Works to End Distracted Driving
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding their work to end distracted driving across the State of California. In addition to their efforts to keep teen drivers from texting behind the wheel, officials with the CHP are now focusing on motorists of all ages. The CHP has partnered with various agencies including the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) to kickoff National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California alone, driver inattention resulted in the death of 104 people in 2014. An additional 11,436 people were injured in crashes involving driver inattention in the State of California during that same time period.
Loss in The Blink of an Eye
Although it might feel like checking a text or answering a call is a quick and easy task, but behind the wheel, anything can happen in the blink of an eye. It could quite literally be the difference between life and death for you, your passengers, your loved ones, other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists or motorcycle riders. The NHTSA is pushing more than just the financial repercussions of a distracted driving ticket. They’re talking about the irrevocable loss that can occur in the time it takes to send or receive a text message.
Increasing Distracted Driving Enforcement
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month isn’t just about increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving either. Law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch and prevent cases of distracted driving. Drivers are urged to focus on the task of driving. The text, call, email, status update or selfie can wait. It’s not worth risking your life or the lives of others over.
What to do After an Accident
According to the DOT, at any given daylight moment in 2014, more than 587,000 vehicles were being driven by someone using a handheld device. Distracted driving has become a dangerous and deadly epidemic in California and across the nation.