The month of April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” and police in Newport Beach launched a month-long campaign to educate the public on safe driving practices and ticket drivers who are distracted behind the wheel. All in all, 510 citations were issued to distracted drivers during the month of April, and the Newport Police Department says it will continue to cite offenders and educate drivers in the future. The Newport Beach Police Department took educational and enforcement actions for Distracted Driving Awareness Month along with 225 other departments and agencies in other areas.
According to figures quoted by the Newport Beach Police Department, nine people die and 1,060 people are injured every day in distracted driving accidents. These high numbers are a motivating factor for police, and they say they will continue to enforce distracted driving laws even though April is over.
The Newport Beach Police Department urged drivers to avoid distractions on the road and offered some tips for avoiding distracted driving, which included:
When you’re behind the wheel, make sure your phone is out of reach so you’re not tempted to answer a call or send a quick text.
Be considerate when calling others, and don’t expect them to pick up a call or respond to a text if they’re on the road.
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident in Orange County, a Newport Beach personal injury attorney is available to answer your questions today. Please reach out to our accident attorneys in Newport Beach at (949) 851-0222 for help.