Last year, police in California issued nearly 61,000 distracted driving tickets in an April crackdown on cell phone use behind the wheel. This year, they hope to do it again. Police across California are stepping up their efforts to enforce the state’s cell phone ban during the month of April, and drivers who are caught breaking the law can expect to see tickets that cost them $159 or more.
Just last month, a national study of US drivers found that 69% of drivers report talking on the phone behind the wheel, and 33% reported checking texts or sending text messages. Since the first year of the cell phone ban, California has seen a 41% increase in tickets for talking while driving and a 640% increase in tickets for texting while driving. During the April crackdown last year, police in California wrote over twice as many tickets for cell phone use as they do in an average month.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of injury accidents in Orange County, and we urge drivers to turn off their phones before getting behind the wheel or to pull over somewhere safe if you absolutely must take that call or check that text.
If you have been injured in an Orange County accident with a distracted driver, you may be able to pursue compensation for your medical care, pain and suffering, time away from work, and more. For help navigating the complicated insurance claims process, please seek guidance from an experienced OC accident lawyer with Russell & Lazarus. Simply give us a call today at 1-(949) 851-0222, or get started by filling out the confidential contact form on this page.