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Posted on: April 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Station Area:Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage
Written Date:April 8, 2021Time:6:30 AM
Incident Date:April 2021Time:N/A
Incident Location:The Cities of Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage
Reporting Officer:Deputy Frank Avila, Deputy Varon Potter
File Number(s):N/A


Details:

Give the Phone a “Break”: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage, Calif. – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Sheriff’s Department encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.

Throughout the month of April, the Sheriff’s Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

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.

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.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.


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