CHP Cracks Down on Distracted Driving
April is considered Safe Driving Awareness Month by the California Highway Patrol, so the CHP is being extra diligent this month when it comes to stopping people they suspect are talking on the phone without a hands free device or texting while driving. Laws were passed in
2008 and 2009 making it an infraction to talk and/or text on your phone without a hands free device. Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to talk on their phone at all while driving, whether or not a hands free device is used. The first offense for violating this law yields a fine of $159 or more while a second offense will cost the driver at least $279. With this crackdown, the CHP hopes to increase the number of people who think about these fines before they decide to talk or text while driving. Please visit our website for more information about what you can do if you have been injured by a distracted driver.