CHP’s Take Action Against Distraction

The office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release about their “Take Action Against Distraction” safety campaign. They’re encouraging motorists in California to change their driving habits to end distracted driving. In partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety, they’re lunching the statewide Adult Distracted Drivers traffic safety grant. Hopefully, this safety campaign will help to reduce injury causing and fatal crashes involving distracted drivers across the state.

The Facts on Distracted Driving Crashes

  • 3,154 people lost their lives in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
  • In 2013, approximately 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes.
  • As of December 2013, 153.3 billion text messages were sent every month in the U.S.
  • Across the U.S. at any given daylight moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices behind the wheel.
  • Headset and hands-free cell phone use is not proven to be substantially safer than hand-held use.

Details of The Safety Grant

This will be a yearlong multi-focused campaign, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to increased enforcement, they will also be using educational resources to inform motorists about the dangers of distracted driver. The CHP is going to complete a minimum of 50 distracted driving enforcement operations statewide. They will also conduct at least 300 traffic safety presentations by the end of September of 2016. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow is reminding drivers to keep their eyes on the road, and not on their phones.

After a Distracted Driving Accident

Distracted driving has become an epidemic in California and across the nation. Since cases of driver distraction aren’t always immediately apparent, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney if you suspect a distracted driver caused your accident. Sometimes, it takes additional investigative efforts to determine if a driver was talking on the phone or texting at the time of an accident.

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