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Distracted Driving Seminar: Are You One?

April is "National Driving Awareness Month." Come learn about the hazards, perils and laws surrounding distracted driving on April 17 at the Castro Valley Library.

Released by CHP

April is "National Driving Awareness Month" and the California Highway Patrol is teaming up with the  to present a Distracted Dirving Safety Seminar April 17 from 6 to 7 p.m.

This workshop will feature a short presentation exploring the hazards, perils, and laws surrounding distracted driving, and will be followed with an open floor question and answer session with a local CHP officer. 

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that at least 28 percent or 1.6 million collisions are caused each year by drivers using cell phones and text messaging. The NSC estimates that 1.4 million collisions each year are caused by drivers using cell phones and a minimum of 200,000 additional collisions each year are caused by drivers who are text messaging.

In 2011, CHP officers issued more than 168,000 citations statewide to motorists who were in violation of the hands-free law. This number includes handheld cellular phone usage and text messaging. Drivers under the age of 18 cannot use any type of cell phone while operating a vehicle.  Drivers 18 years and olderSHALL use a hand free device.

A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has indicated that cell phones are the most familiar form of distraction. Using a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS), eating, drinking, changing CD’s, and adjusting your vehicles temperature, although legal, are also distractions. Also legal, yet potentially lethal are: applying make-up, adjusting the radio and reading a roadmap. These things are among the list of numerous activities that can distract a driver from the responsibilities of safely operating a motor vehicle.

The library, where the event will be held, is located at 3600 Norbridge, Castro Valley.

For more information, call (510) 667-7900.

For more information on “Distracted Driving” please visit www.nhtsa.gov  or contact the Castro Valley CHP at (510) 581-9028.

Thomas Clarke April 04, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Distracted driving stops should be expanded to include children and crowding in the front seat, eating and drinking by the driver and driving with the radio on.
Analisa Harangozo April 04, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Thomas, thanks for the comment. I can see where you're coming from with the first two, but driving with the radio on? How ever will drivers survive the silence on road trips or long commutes?
Thomas Clarke April 05, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Analisa, the silence of road trips can be broken through conversation with a passenger or better yet a reliance on a greener method of transit. Better yet is having a professional driving without distraction. On long commutes the transit should be by a combination of train and bus. It is important that we begin to rethink again how we get where we have to be. Savings on energy and environment are also benefits. Now, will the CHP begin to actually stop all distracted drivers, regardless of the cause? Let us hope so.

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