Bet you didn’t know that April is California Distracted Driver Awareness Month? This month the Arrowhead CHP Area office in Running Springs will be conducting a campaign with enforcement efforts on distracted driver violations during the month of April. Officers will pay special attention to the statewide focus days of April 1 and April 15.
In 2013, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported over 426,000 hand-held cell phone and texting convictions, with more than 57,000 tickets issued in April alone. (California DMV and the California Office of Traffic Safety.)
In 2014, 61 percent of California drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a cell phone and texting convictions, with more than 57,000 tickets issued in April alone.
In 2014, nearly 40 percent of California who were surveyed thought texting or talking on a cell phone while driving posed the biggest safety problem on California’s highways.
In 2014, more than 50 percent of Californians surveyed said texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.
In 2014, nearly 53 percent of drivers admitted to making a driving mistake while talking on a cell phone.
All of these shocking and terrifying statistics came from the California Traffic Safety Survey. If, as a driver, you do any of the above-mentioned actions while driving hopefully these statistics will help change your mind. Remember, horrific accidents don’t just happen “to somebody else.”
Joan: Thank you to the Arrowhead Area CHP office for this important driving information!