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Press Release: Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Agency: Eastvale Police
Station Area: Jurupa Valley
Written Date: March 20, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m.
Incident Date: April, 2019 Time: Various
Incident Location: City of Eastvale
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Brian Gutierrez
File Number(s): Numerous
Results May 07, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m.

Eastvale Police Department issues 122 Citations for Distracted Driving
Enforcement Effort Held During Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Eastvale Police Department cited 122 drivers for violating California’s hands-free cell phone law as part of a larger effort to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving.

“April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and it is important for drivers to understand the huge risks they take using their cell phones behind the wheel,” Eastvale Police Department Sergeant Brian Gutierrez says, “It’s careless, dangerous and illegal. Drivers should keep their eyes on the road, not their phone.”

Under the most recent cell phone law that went into effect in 2017, drivers are prohibited from having a phone in their hand for any reason and can only use their phone in a hands-free manner. The phones must be mounted on the dashboard, windshield or center console, and can only be touched once with the swipe or tap of a finger to activate or deactivate a function. First-time offenders face a $162 fine.

A 2018 observational survey by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) on driver cell phone use found about 4.5 percent of drivers are still using their cell phone, and more often to perform a function on the phone, versus talking.

“When drivers look down at their phone to read or send a text, check GPS or scroll through social media, they are taking their eyes off the road, which is incredibly dangerous,” Eastvale Police Department Sergeant Gutierrez says, “There is a reason it is against the law.”

If you need to make a call or text someone, Eastvale Police Department suggests pulling over and parking at a safe location. If you are unable to resist the urge and stay off the phone while driving, put your phone in a place you can’t reach, like the backseat or trunk.

In addition to phones, other serious distractions include eating, grooming, reaching for fallen objects, fiddling with the radio or console controls and changing clothes. Eastvale Police Department encourages everyone to avoid distractions and go safely.

Funding for distracted driving enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

California Office of Traffic Safety   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

 

Eastvale Police Department challenges drivers to ‘silence’ the distraction

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Eastvale Calif. – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Eastvale Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies statewide stopping drivers who violate California’s hands-free cell phone law.

On numerous dates in the month of April, The Eastvale Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking specifically for drivers on their phones.

Last year, Eastvale Police Department issued 402 citations to drivers texting, calling or performing another function on their phone. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when it involves a cell phone. According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 66 people were killed and more than 6,500 injured in 2017 from distracted driving-related crashes.

“Cell phones remain one of the top distractions for drivers,” Eastvale Police Department Sergeant Gutierrez. “Like any bad habit, it can be hard to break, but this habit can have life-altering consequences.”

A 2018 observational survey Opens in New Window by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) on driver cell phone use found about 4.5 percent of drivers are still using their cell phone illegally, a nearly 27 percent increase from 2016.

That text or phone call will never be worth losing a life over,” Eastvale Police Department Sergeant Gutierrez “That is why curbing distracted driving is high on our priority list.”

Under the most recent cell phone law that went into effect in 2017, drivers are prohibited from having a phone in their hand for any reason and can only use their phone in a hands-free manner. The phones must be mounted on the dashboard, windshield or center console, and can only be touched once with the swipe or tap of a finger to activate or deactivate a function. First-time offenders face a $162 fine Opens in New Window.

If you need to make a call or text someone, pull over and park at a safe location. Struggling to stay off the phone while driving? Put your phone in a place you can’t reach, like the backseat or trunk.
Funding for distracted driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

California Office of Traffic Safety   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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