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Do You Type, Talk and Drive?

CHP kicks off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by focusing on drivers using hand-held cell phones, texting, and other distractions. Do you do it? How often? Will increased enforcement change your behavior?

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. As a result, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has asked law enforcement agencies throughout the state to focus enforcement efforts on drivers using hand-held cell phones, texting and other distractions throughout the month.

California's campaign uses the slogan, "It's Not Worth It," to convey that no text, phone call or other distraction is worth a collision, injury or death.

We want to hear from you: Is it worth it? Do you talk, text and drive? How often? Will increased enforcement change your behavior?

For those of us unwilling to admit that we do it (you know who you are), vote in our poll below - no names attached! Comment below about your habits and how much increased enforcement will change your behavior.

Here are some related facts and figures, from the state Office of Traffic Safety:

  • 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
  • Texting takes your eyes off the road for an average 5 seconds - long enough to travel the length of a football field at 55mph. Most crashes happen with less than 3 seconds reaction time.
  • Over 3,000 people died in the U.S. in 2010 due to distracted driving. 

For more information, please access the California Office of Traffic Safety website.

Magoo April 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Raise the penalty.
Mari April 03, 2012 at 05:15 PM
It's time we started restricting auto access to certain streets. The only way to get people out of their cars is to make it inconvenient.
hab3 April 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Texting and driving = ridiculous. Dialing a handheld phone and driving = ridiculous. Driving while talking on a handheld phone = ridiculous (but I see it ALL the time in Mill Valley (mostly soccer moms ...). Taking a call in hands fee mode = I typically let it go to voicemail and return the call when I get to my destination but I admit that I will answer but only on rare occasions from my kids or wife (they know to keep it short).
Yule Nevergetit April 03, 2012 at 08:15 PM
hab3, commendable behavior! Watch out, though, you wouldn't want your wife or kids to know they were the cause of your wreck. And make sure you don't call or text them when there is a chnace they will be driving.
John Ferguson April 03, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Since distracted driving is statistically as dangerous as drunken driving, the penalties ought to be essentially the same. The problem (as with all enforcement) is proof. It's easy to prove someone's BAC, not so easy to prove that they were or were not paying attention to what was happening in front of them.

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