Driving and Texting or Talking on Your Cell? Not at Good Idea!

California_Highway_Patrol_patchIf you’re thinking of picking up your cell phone and answering (or making a call) while you’re driving you might want to reconsider that decision. How about texting…..nah, don’t do it!

In an effort to improve highway safety (and who sees more horrible auto accidents than the CHP?) the California Highway Patrol will conduct a “zero tolerance enforcement” effort during April. The focus of this enforcement effort will be distracted driving including holding hand-held cell phones, texting and other distractions.

Distracted drivers are responsible for many deaths and hundreds of injuries every year. “Every single time a driver diverts attention from the road, even for one or two seconds, they put their lives, and the lives of others around them, at risk,” said Inland Division Chief Michael Champion. “If you are using a cell phone without a hands-free device, texting or being distracted in some other way, our officers are going to take the appropriate enforcement action,” Champion added.

While the primary focus will be distracted drivers, officers will also take enforcement action on any other observed violations such as DUI, speeding and seatbelt violations.

It is the mission of the California Highway Patrol to provide the highest level of safety, service and security to the people of California, said Arrowhead Area Sergeant Levi Miller of the Arrowhead Area CHP station.