LOS ANGELES, California – Are you driving while distracted? Texting and talking on a cell phone? Did you know that April is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month and if you are using a cell phone behind the wheel police will be looking for you.
More than 225 local agencies including officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Orange County Sheriff’s Department are looking for drivers who violate the law and have been directed to ticket drivers with hefty fines. Under California cell phone laws, a first offense will cost drivers $159 and subsequent tickets start at $279.
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously.” said Lieutenant Katona, Traffic Coordination Section. “The improper use of a cell phone and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are directing officers to have zero tolerance. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?”
Distracted driving in Southern California is a serious traffic safety risk that causes numerous injuries and deaths annually. Indeed, drivers using cell phones without the hands-free devices are four times more likely to be involved in a serious traffic accident and suffer injuries or death. Many young, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old are more susceptible to crashes than adults.
“Furthermore, studies have shown that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.,” according to a Los Angeles Police Department press release. “These studies have shown that the use of a cell phone while driving results in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road. “
Statewide convictions for texting and driving grew from 2,845 tickets in 2009 to 14,886 tickets in 2011, according to a report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration. Hand-held cell phone citations also grew from 301,833 in 2009 to 460,487 in 2011.
“There are hundreds of people alive today because some drivers decided to put down their cell phones and drive safely,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm in Irvine.
For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured due to someone’s negligence. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims of accidents. Indeed, our personal injury law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.
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