LOS ANGELES (CBS) —Drivers who can’t keep their thumbs on the wheel have a new incentive to get a grip.

Police said Monday they plan to participate in California’s first “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”, a statewide “zero tolerance” enforcement crackdown on drivers texting or using their cell phones without hands-free technology.

Chris Cochran with the state office of Traffic Safety tells KNX 1070 while it’s always difficult to enforce the actual process of sending a text message while driving, the dangers are very real.

“By dialing a phone, by looking for a phone number, and certainly while texting, you’re probably driving the length of a football field without even knowing where you’re going or what’s going on in front of you,” said Cochran.

Officials said studies reveal that drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to be involved in serious traffic crashes that result in injuries.

Younger, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.

Studies also shown that texting while driving delays a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a drunken driver.

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Comments (4)
  1. Ed Rooney says:

    Good Lord people are STUPID!

    On second thought, you lame brains keep doing it, I love thinning the herd and weeding out the useless- text away!

    1. Oops.... says:

      Oh, if only the stupid would take JUST themselves out! It’s usually someone else that gets hurt when they crash. Pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.

  2. HyC says:

    This crackdown is a JOKES! I’m a courier driver from Oceanside to LAX everyday, I saw people talk on their cellphone and texting all day. The sign on the freeway didnt help much at all! I saw drivers while texting going very slow, gone over other lane of the freeways without signals and almost got into a crash. Their ain’t enough CHP or police officer on the freeway to pull this type drivers over. I HOPE the sign on the freeways would said “Please call 911 reports cellphone driver” like they do with drunk driver on the freeways.

  3. Eugene Trevithick says:


    I think it is great that the CHP is working on cracking down on people using
    their cell phones while driving. Yet, I want to know who is cracking down on
    those that are enforcing the law. Over the last three months I have seen three
    Fullerton Police officers driving while talking on the phone, one Anaheim Police
    officer doing the same, not to mention a Sheriff, a Ambulance driver and a
    Fireman in a big fire truck. They were just like everyone else out there on the
    road, driving and talking. So again, who is cracking down on them?

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