Sarah Richards, CommanderOffice of Community Outreach & Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Fran CladerDirector of Communications(916) 843-3310
Calif. – Distracted driving can be a life-changing choice resulting in crashes
and the deaths of thousands of people every year in the United States. Driven to make a difference, the California
Highway Patrol (CHP) has implemented a yearlong Adult Distracted Drivers grant
designed to keep California roads safe through education and enforcement.
officers throughout the state will host in-person presentations and use Web-based
or virtual platforms to conduct distracted driving traffic safety presentations. In addition, the CHP will conduct several distracted
driving enforcement operations through September 30, 2021.
driving continues to be a serious issue on our roadway, and it is entirely
avoidable,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “With the support of this grant, we can implement
lifesaving efforts throughout California that will raise awareness and hopefully
change dangerous behavior behind the wheel.”Multitasking
behind the wheel places extra demands on the driver, which can have tragic
average, there are more than 20,000 drivers in California involved in a crash
every year where inattention is a factor.
“These statistics are likely much higher and are often under-reported to
law enforcement since motorists do not always admit to driving distracted,” Commissioner
there are many forms of inattention, cell phones continue to be the main source
of diversion. Using a handheld cell
phone while driving is not only a violation of the vehicle code, it is also an unsafe
activity behind the wheel. Drivers should
only use a phone when necessary and in a hands-free mode.Funding
for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.The
mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.
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