Year-Long Distracted Driving Campaign Aims to Improve Roadway Safety
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Nov 16, 2016 in Auto Accidents
Distracted driving causes an estimated 3,000 fatalities across the country each year.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has initiated a year-long safety campaign targeting adult drivers to reduce driver distraction across the state. The Adult Distracted Drivers traffic safety program, which runs through September 2017, will conduct more than 100 driving enforcement operations throughout California. The program will also organize more than 600 traffic safety presentations.
The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving by encouraging drivers to practice safe driving behaviors behind the wheel.
The risk of accident involvement grows exponentially when drivers engage in distracting behaviors such as:
- Texting while driving
- Talking on a cellphone
- Eating while driving
- Holding conversations with passengers
- Adjusting audio systems
Distracted driving is responsible for 80 percent of all car accidents. Cellphone use has remained the number one source for distracted driving accidents. Cellphone use while driving is illegal in California and can amount to a $161 ticket.
The CHP has offered these tips to help drivers reduce distractions for themselves and others:
- Turn phones off when driving.
- Do not call or text others if you think they could be driving.
- Program GPS and MP3 players before getting behind the wheel.
- If you need to adjust devices or read a map, pull over safely.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, the attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm are here to help. Our trusted Sacramento car accident attorneys will provide you with a free consultation and review your claim to determine if you have a case. We work on a contingency fee basis and do not get paid unless you receive compensation.