COSTA MESA, Calif. (March 31, 2021) – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.
Throughout the month of April, CMPD will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law.
“When you are driving, give the phone a rest,” Sgt. Dan Miles said. “A driver’s number one focus should be on the road. Anything that distracts you from the task of driving, especially a phone, puts yourself and others at risk.”
According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 75% of surveyed drivers listed “Distracted Driving because of TEXTING” as their biggest safety concern.
“Not driving distracted is a simple but significant behavior change,” Sgt. Miles said. “The goal is to increase compliance with the hands-free cell phone law to make sure drivers are focused and alert. Let’s share the road and do the right thing to keep the streets safe for everyone including drivers and pedestrians.”
Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone for any reason, including hands-free.
If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box or trunk.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.