Sarah Richards, CommanderOffice of Community Outreach & Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Fran CladerDirector of Communications(916) 843-3310
Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Office of Traffic
Safety (OTS) and Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) are working together this April to remind
Californians of the dangers of not giving the road their full attention when
behind the wheel as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 3,142 people were killed
in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2019 nationwide. That
same year in California, there were at least 18,698 crashes from distracted
driving that resulted in 108 deaths and more than 13,500 injuries.“Driving safely requires your full attention,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “Distractions put you and others on the road at risk. Together, with our traffic safety partners, enforcement, and the cooperation of the motoring public, we can save lives and eliminate this dangerous behavior on California’s roadways.” Distractions
are not limited to cellular phones.
Other electronics, children, pets, and eating or drinking while driving
can also divert attention and result in a crash.
distracted driving laws becomes more serious this year. Beginning July 1, a violation for using a
handheld cellular phone or texting while driving will result in a fine and also
add a point to the driver’s record for each violation occurring within 36
months of a prior conviction for the same offense.
driving is a serious issue that is 100 percent preventable,” OTS Director
Barbara Rooney said. “That text, phone call, or social post is never more important
than the task of driving.”
As part of
Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the first week of April is California Teen
Safe Driving Week. Throughout the week,
CHP and ITD will place an increased emphasis on informing California’s newest drivers
about the dangers and consequences of reckless and distracted driving.
“Parents, your kids have been
watching you drive since they were in a forward-facing car seat,” Kelly
Browning, Ph.D., executive director of ITD, said. “Your driving habits will become their
driving habits – be the driver you want
your kids to be.”
mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and
# # #