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.


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


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