Distracted Driving in San Diego

Law enforcement agencies across the State of California are stepping up efforts to end distracted driving. A recent article out of the San Diego Union-Tribune highlighted some efforts made by local law enforcement officers in El Cajon to increase enforcement and awareness about distracted driving. Not only have agencies across the state been participating in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, they’ve also been observing and participating in efforts to cut down on teen distracted drivers.

Zero Tolerance Days

Police officers in El Cajon and other cities have been taking part in “zero tolerance days.” During these pre-determined days, law enforcement officers are on the lookout for distracted drivers and drivers who are texting behind the wheel. “Zero tolerance days” aren’t just about citations either. They’re about raising awareness and getting the word out about just how dangerous texting and driving really is.

Different Types of Distracted Driving

If you’re not sure if what you’re doing is considered a distraction behind the wheel, ask yourself one question: Is what I’m doing taking my eyes, hands or thoughts away from the task of driving? If you can answer yes to any or all of those, you’re engaging in distracted driving. Any task that requires manual, visual or cognitive attention that doesn’t directly related to the task of safely operating the vehicle and watching the road is a distraction.

Examples of Distracted Driving

  • Texting
  • Taking selfies
  • Checking email
  • Checking social media
  • Talking on the phone
  • Personal grooming
  • Eating
  • Talking to passengers
  • Manipulating GPS machines

When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

After any kind of accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your options. Cases of distracted driving aren’t always immediately apparent. In most cases, it requires additional investigative efforts to find out if somebody was distracted behind the wheel at the time of a crash. Your personal injury lawyer can stay on top of any developments in your case.

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