The California Highway Patrol has urged motorists in the state to remember that April is ‘distracted-driving awareness month’ and because of that, officials have come up with several campaigns focused on taking enforcement action and traffic education to young California drivers.
According to multiple news agencies, the California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol and the Impact Teen Drivers have combined forces to launch the campaign “It’s Not Worth It!”, which has already issued over 52,000 citations to distracted drivers all across the state.
Troopers believe that this stern enforcement will remind teenage drivers that texting or talking on the phone while behind the wheel is simply not worth it. Distracted driving citations could cost up to $279, according to the CHP, while the price a driver could pay for losing his or her life over a moment of distraction behind the wheel is simply insurmountable. The authorities urge you to stay focused and keep your eyes on what’s important: the road ahead.
As a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, I hold traffic safety as a number one priority. I encourage drivers to keep it in mind that talking on the cellphone or text messaging while behind the wheel are terrifying distractions but other behaviors are just as dangerous like eating while driving, attempting to set up a GPS or even operating the vehicle’s CD player.
I’m glad the authorities are teaming up to bring this awareness to the great public and hope more agencies will do the same.
Whenever you or a loved one is injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, please consider asking a personal injury lawyer in your area for a quick assessment of your possible personal injury case right away.