East Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Agencies announced Monday that with April being Distracted Driving Awareness month, they will be conducting Distracted Driving Enforcement operations.
According to a joint-press release by the Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg Police Departments, they are joining forces to draw attention to this critical traffic safety issue. The agencies will work together in each of the jurisdictions to enforce distracted driving laws.
They are asking the public not call, text, e-mail and put your phone down while driving.
The release cited that distracted driving fatalities are up 6% from 2015 an that more than 40,000 people were killed on the roadways last year and stated distracted driving played a roll.
According to Data:
- In 2016, a survey showed more than 44% of Californian’s said that texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.
- In 2016, more than 54% of driver’s surveys said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone.
- In 2016, nearly 40% of drivers admitted to making a mistake while talking on a cell phone.
- Nationally, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013.
- 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
- Engaging in visual-manual subtasks, such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting, increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
- 5 seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling 55-mph, that is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
The agencies are asking for the public to partner with them and stop driving distracted and save a life.