(Press Release) While today’s world enjoys the benefits of an ever increasing pool of technological devices, these benefits come at a price. Due to the increase in the number of traffic collisions caused by distracted drivers illegally using cell phones, the Central Valley CHP Area Offices (from the top of the Grapevine to Modesto) will be focusing their enforcement efforts on these distracted drivers during the week of September 17th - 21st. The CHP intends to send a strong message, if you are caught talking on the cell phone or texting while driving, you will be cited!
Driving is a skill that requires your full attention to safely control your vehicle and react to events happening on the roads around you. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, distracted driving is “anything that diverts the driver’s attention away from the primary tasks of navigating a vehicle and responding to critical events.” Although NHTSA has indicated that cell phones are the most familiar form of distraction, applying make-up, using a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS), eating, drinking, changing CD’s, adjusting the radio and reading are numerous activities that can distract a driver.
Holding a phone while talking and driving, or reading/sending a text message, is clearly a safety concern for the public. Both hands are needed on the wheel for maximum safety and for reacting to sudden changes in traffic conditions.