Distracted Driving A Big Problem, AAA Says

Distracted Driving A Big Problem, AAA Says

Distracted Driving A Big Problem, AAA Says

They're starting a campaign this month for Distracted Driving Awareness month, putting out social media videos, to get drivers to realize it can wait.

Officers say they'll be out enforcing the distracted driving law all week. The law restricts hands-free use to a single touch.

Twenty-five percent of respondents said they multitask when driving because they think they can do so safely. Those tickets could also cost your insurance premium to rise, since information on cellphone infractions is made available to insurance companies.

"Too many drivers use their phones while behind the wheel", said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA - The Auto Club Group and executive director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation.

Since 2011, OTS has conducted an observational study of handheld cell phone use every year.

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Such distractions as talking or texting on a phone, eating, drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the navigation or audio systems are among the most common distractions. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. So why doesn't the law deter distracted drivers with stronger consequences?

And with more cars there's more distracted drivers on the roads. Most importantly, teens are only 6% more likely to engaged in distracted driving behaviors than their parents.

Local police remind residents that if they need to text while driving, they should pull over and park their vehicle in a safe place first, and remind family and friends to never text and drive. "We want to identify those drivers that have those high-risk behaviors where it's more likely they're going to crash".

Preliminary 2017 data also shows almost 22,000 drivers were involved in distracted driving collisions in California, a decline from the more than 33,000 drivers involved in distracted driving collisions in 2007, the last full year before the hands-free law went into effect. "Our hope is that by taking the pledge to drive safely, people will be more committed to staying focused on the road, knowing how easy it is for distracted driving to become a unsafe habit".

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