RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Distracted Driving Awareness Month|
|Station Area:||Coachella and La Quinta|
|Written Date:||March 30, 2021||Time:||1:00 PM|
|Incident Date:||April 2021||Time:||N/A|
|Incident Location:||The Cities of Coachella and La Quinta|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Mariano Matos III, Sergeant Chris Olsen|
Give the Phone a “Break”: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Coachella and La Quinta Calif. – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.
Throughout the month of April, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law.
“When you are driving, give the phone a rest,” Deputy Nevins said. “A driver’s number one focus should be on the road. Anything that distracts you from the task of driving, especially a phone, puts yourself and others at risk.”
According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 75% of surveyed drivers listed “Distracted Driving because of TEXTING” as their biggest safety concern.
“Not driving distracted is a simple, but significant behavior change,” Deputy Nevins said. “The goal is to increase compliance with the hands-free cell phone law and keep people safe.”
Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone for any reason, including hands-free.
If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box 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.
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