CHP’s Adult Distracted Driving Campaign

Teen drivers have been getting most of the grief about texting-while-driving lately, but they’re not the only culprits. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release regarding the launching of their yearlong, Adult Distracted Driving Traffic Safety Campaign. The CHP is also working with the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in efforts to reduce distracted driving behaviors across the state.

Distracted Driving in California

The CHP reports that a minimum of 80 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 traffic safety presentations will be included in this campaign by the end of September 2015. In addition to stepping up enforcement and getting the word out about distracted driving, the CHP will also take part in April’s month-long distracted driving awareness campaign next year. With an increase in enforcement, high-visibility campaigns and additional educational programs, officials with the CHP are hoping to cut down on distracted-driving injury-causing and fatal crashes in California.

Three Types of Distracted Driving

1. Manual- any distraction that requires the use of one or both hands.
2. Visual- any distraction that takes your eyes off of the road.
3. Cognitive- any distraction that takes your mind or thoughts off of the task of driving.

Texting-while-Driving

A variety of different distractions behind the wheel can fit into one or more categories of distracted driving types. Texing-while-driving happens to be one of the worst distractions, because it’s a manual, visual and cognitive distraction. Research has shown that texters actually have slower reaction times than impaired drivers in some circumstances.

After an Accident Involving a Distracted Driver

Your first priority after any car accident is to take care of your immediately medical needs. Whether you’re transported to a hospital from the scene or visit a doctor in the days following the crash, your health has to be your top priority. Next, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help get the ball rolling on your case. Cases of distracted driving aren’t always immediately apparent to law enforcement officers, so it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney after any kind of car accident. It may be necessary to analyze cell phone records and conduct a more in-depth investigation to determine if distracted driving was a factor in your crash.

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