April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: Kevin Toth

DATE:  March 30, 2021                                                          PHONE: (760) 839-4444

 

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

 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and The Escondido Police Department encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.

 

Throughout the month of April, the Escondido Police 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.