Central Valley CHP announces “zero-tolerance” cell phone use campaign
CALIFORNIA – The California Highway Patrol is not fooling around with people texting and driving. From Sept. 17 – 21, the CHP intends to send a strong message: If you’re caught using a cell phone or texting while driving, you will be cited.
Due to the increase in the number of traffic collisions caused by distracted drivers illegally using cell phones, the Central Valley CHP Area Offices, from the top of the Grapevine to Modesto, will be focusing their enforcement efforts on distracted drivers this week, according to a CHP news release.They want the message to be loud and clear that holding a phone while talking and driving, or reading /sending a text message, is clearly a safety concern for the public. You need both hands on the wheel for maximum safety and for reacting to sudden changes in traffic conditions.
“Driving is a skill that requires your full attention to safely control your vehicle and react to events happening on the roads around yod,” the release stated.
According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, distracted driving is “anything that diverts the driver’s attention away from the primary tasks of navigating a vehicle and responding to critical events.”
“The message is simple: There is no phone call or text that is worth a human life,” the CHP says.