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Jun 04

Distracted driving continues to be a leading traffic violation

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm by Peter Ibrahim

The Police Department is continuing their enforcement of distracted driving with the goal of increasing voluntary compliance by drivers. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or your hands off the steering wheel, which includes adjusting the radio, eating, reading a map or using technology such as a navigation system or a cell phone while driving. One of the most dangerous distractions is texting while driving. The danger comes from the attention that is taken away from the roadway when a driver looks at their screen to either read or compose a message.

Last week, a team of officers led by a sergeant, conducted an eight hour focus on distracted driving enforcement. During this eight hour period, the team issued 96 moving violations. Of those citations issued, 61 were for violating distracted driving laws, specifically using cell phones. This is a reminder that California law prohibits driving while holding a cell phone in your hand. If the cell phone is used in a hands-free manner, such as voice command or the use of a mounting device, it is completely legal. It is illegal to hold and use a cell phone while texting, calling or using the apps while driving. 

According to the 2015 Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) study, 59.6% of California drivers surveyed stated that they have been hit or nearly hit by a driver talking or texting. Remember that simple modifications to driver behaviors can prevent auto collisions and save lives. Please drive safe!

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