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Distracted Driving CHP Report

Last month was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  In an effort to remind the public of the dangers of inattentive driving, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) teamed up with its traffic safety partners throughout the state to deploy an education and enforcement campaign.  During the month, there were a total of 861 citations written in the CHP’s Valley Division for violation of California’s handsfree laws.  This represents approximately 4.3 percent of the 19,850 citations that were written statewide last month.  Locally, the CHP’s Amador Area office issued 30 citations and the San Andreas Area office issued 2 citations for violation of these same laws. In addition to phones, other serious distractions include eating, grooming, applying makeup, reaching for fallen objects, using a vehicle’s touchscreen, knobs, dials or buttons, changing clothes, or any other task that takes your eyes or mind off the road.  The CHP, the OTS, and ITD remind drivers that under the handsfree cell phone law, drivers are not allowed to hold a wireless telephone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle.  Drivers underthe age of 18 are not allowed to use a cell phone for any reason, includinghandsfree. California has had distracted driving laws since 2008.   

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