CHP talks distracted driving dangers with local high school students

Posted April 06, 2017

"We've got to watch out for workers and we've got to be paying attention to the main thing which is driving", Franco said. Texting while driving only increases the risks because the process combines all three types of distractions - visual, manual and cognitive.

The following county law enforcement agencies were awarded grants to participate in the "U Drive".

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver". His thinking is, if you encourage large companies with thousands of employees to ban any use of a cell phone or device while driving, they could take that message to their private lives and bring about wider change on the roads. On January 1, a law went into effect requiring all California drivers to keep a cell phone out of their hands while operating a motor vehicle. Studies show that drivers are up to four times more likely to be in a crash when talking on the phone (hands free or hand held) and 23 times more likely to crash when entering information into their phones.

A first violation will exceed $150 a second can run you $250.

Inform family and friends you'll be driving and unable to call or text.

"It is very unsafe for those people who do decide to go out and drive distracted or drive reckless".

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You can post on CDOT's Facebook page or send them a private message. "AT&T is proud to join the California Highway Patrol, the Office of Traffic Safety, and Impact Teen Drivers in this important effort to remind everyone that smartphone distracted driving is not only extremely unsafe, it is completely preventable", said Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California. The NSC is hoping that parents will take this opportunity to talk to their teenagers about the dangers of using their cell phones behind the wheel.

Most of the distractions, 71-percent come from cell phones.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month and it's aim is eliminating distractions behind the wheel.

AAA research has found that the cognitive distraction of a conversation and using technology is more risky than first thought, and may distract drivers up to 27 seconds after they hang up the phone.

We know it's not easy for some people to just put their phone away.