SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching a yearlong traffic safety campaign that combines education and enforcement in order to combat distracted driving, officials announced Thursday.
The CHP will complete a minimum of 50 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 300 traffic safety presentations statewide by the end of September 2016.
Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones remain the top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day, according to CHP officials.
“For your safety and the well-being of those around you, keep your eyes on the road and not your phone,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow stated in a news release. “Nothing on that phone is worth endangering a life.”
Some of the most common types of distracted driving include: texting and driving, talking on a cell phone, eating while driving, grooming while driving, talking to passengers, operating a navigation system and adjusting the radio.
“Our goal with this grant is to further educate the public about the hazards associated with distracted driving and ultimately encourage drivers to discontinue the potentially deadly habit,” Commissioner Farrow added.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
[Information via news release from the California Highway Patrol.]