Sarah Richards, CommanderOffice of Community Outreach & Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Fran CladerDirector of Communications(916) 843-3310
Calif. – Using cell phones, eating or drinking, adjusting a radio, or simply
talking with friends are all activities teens engage in every day, but these activities
become life-threatening hazards while driving. Unfortunately,
many of these distractions will lead to crashes resulting in an injury or death.
these concerns, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is partnering with traffic
safety organizations promoting safe driving behaviors for teens. The grant-funded Teen Distracted Drivers campaign consists of an education component
that will allow for CHP officers and traffic safety partners to make appearances
at schools and community events throughout the state. Distracted driving enforcement operations for
this grant began October 1, 2021, and will continue through September 30, 2022.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are nearly 750,000 licensed teenage drivers in California. Data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated
Traffic Records System indicated that in 2019 there were nearly 44,000 crashes
involving teen drivers between 15 to 19 years of age, including 231 fatal crashes. Although preliminary figures for 2020
indicated a drop in total crashes involving teen drivers in California, the
number of teen driver-involved fatal crashes increased to 258.
combination of inattention and inexperience behind the wheel can lead to tragedy,”
said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “This
grant will assist our officers in keeping California’s roads safe, while addressing
California’s distracted driving crisis among the state’s teens.”
for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and
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