Concord PD on the lookout for distracted drivers in April

Concord PD on the lookout for distracted drivers in April

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CONCORD, CA (Apr. 4, 2024) — April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a time to put safety in the driver’s seat. The Concord Police Department actively look for drivers throughout the month who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

“In today’s fast-paced life, it is common to lose focus while driving,” Lt. Renee Williams said. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a crucial reminder that even a moment of inattention or a quick glance at the phone can lead to serious consequences. Let’s get off our apps and keep our eyes on the road. Before starting the car, silence your phone or put it in the glove box, trunk or back seat. Anywhere you can’t reach.”

According to the 2023 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 74% of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting stood out as their biggest safety concern. In 2021, at least 140 people died in distracted driving traffic crashes in California. However, because law enforcement officers may not always know if distraction caused a crash, the numbers likely are higher.

Put down your phone

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle, even when stopped at a red light. This includes talking, texting or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine and violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

If you have an important phone call, text or email, pull over to a safe parking spot to complete the task. This also applies to when you find yourself in a situation with distractions, such as looking up directions. Other distractions include eating, grooming, changing clothes, talking with passengers, or children in the back seat. Pull over to do these without putting yourself and others at risk.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, funds this program.