Sacramento, CA – Monday, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution 52 on the Assembly Floor. ACR 52 proclaims April 2015 as Distracted Driver Awareness Month and calls for action to support programs and policies that will reduce distracted driving in California.
“All forms of distracted driving have the potential to endanger the safety of a driver, passenger and bystander,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “As Chair of Assembly Transportation Committee, keeping our state’s roads and highways safe is my top priority. The goal of ACR 52 is to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, and to remind all Californians that absolutely no text or phone call is worth your life.”
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention from the primary task of driving. There are three main types of distraction: visual, which involves taking your eyes off the road; manual, which involves taking your hands off the wheel; and cognitive, which involves taking your mind off the task of driving. While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, for every 10 vehicles operating on city streets, at least one is driven by someone who is texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone. Reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds – the equivalent to driving blind at 60 MPH down the length of a football field.
“These accidents and fatalities that occur as a result of texting and driving are completely preventable,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Don’t become a statistic; let’s work together to raise awareness and change the culture. The answer is simple: drive now, text later.”
To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Offices at 707-399-3011 or 925-778-5790.