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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted by sdcaraccidentlaw - April 4, 2017 9:28 am

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In order to make roads safer, several law enforcement agencies throughout the state are collaborating, including the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Office of Traffic Safety, and Impact Teen Drivers. Their efforts are focused on ending distracted driving through education and awareness about the associated dangers. They also hope to change motorist behaviors and save lives, not just in April, but year-round.

The California Teen Safe Driver Week also begun this past Monday and will end on April 9. Safety presentations will be held in various high schools and venues throughout California in order to teach teens the reality and consequences of distracted driving. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow stated that “distracted driving is absolutely avoidable, but it continues to be a serious problem among drivers. Too many lives are lost every year due to distracted driving. We believe that through continued education and enforcement, the number of deaths and injuries can be reduced.”

One of the ways that these various agencies plan to promote safety is through a virtual reality simulator provided by AT&T, available in more than 50 California schools and communities as part of its IT CAN WAIT initiative. Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California stated that they “encourage everyone to take the IT CAN WAIT pledge- to keep your eyes on the road, not your phone- and help keep our roads safe.” Adding that “no text, email or social media post is worth a life.” Under current California law, drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone or hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle. And more recently, Assembly Bill 1785 went into effect, requiring all drivers in the state to limit their cell phone usage to a single swipe while the device is mounted, or otherwise to keep the device out of their hands while operating a vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that in 2015, 3,477 individuals were killed and an estimated 391,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that resulted from distracted driving, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Arash Khorsandi today. Call 619-577-4957 for a free legal consultation and evaluation of your case.

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