Distracted Driving

In July 2008, California passed a law prohibiting hand-held cell phone use while driving and in January 2009 a ban on texting while driving was passed. According to the OTS Statewide Intercept Opinion Survey, 61.2 percent of Californians stated that texting and talking are the biggest safety concerns on California roadways. OTS and CHP co-lead the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Distracted Driving Challenge Area by developing action items to reduce this problem. Countermeasures include increased and focused enforcement, observational surveys, and public awareness campaigns, while other actions are being developed to change behavior.

DISTRACTED DRIVING PROGRAM AREA GOALS

  • Reduce fatal collisions involving drivers using handheld cell phones
  • To reduce injury collisions involving drivers using handheld cell phones

2018 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHWAY SAFETY CAMPAIGN

California Department of Transportation
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) expanded upon their “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Move Over” statewide highway work zone safety public awareness campaigns. The agency used funds to enhance their advertising efforts through radio, TV, billboards, social media, and digital messaging. Caltrans also continued to examine its work zone safety and mobility practices and focused on reaching the general public and teens regarding roadway safety messaging and advertising.

ADULT DISTRACTED DRIVERS VIII

California Highway Patrol
The CHP implemented a statewide enforcement and educational campaign designed to educate the public on distracted driving behaviors that cause traffic related injuries and fatalities. Traffic safety presentations were conducted throughout the state to educate the public on different types of driving distractions including interacting with passengers/pets, using cellular phones, eating, smoking, reading, manipulating electronic equipment, and external visual distractions. The CHP conducted 726 distracted driving educational presentations impacting over 50,000 people.

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