The Rancho Cordova Police Department will be partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) during the month of April enforcing Distracted Driving Laws. It has been 10 Years since the Hands-Free Law went into effect.
According to the latest data, in 2017, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported over 249,000 handheld cell phone and texting convictions, a decrease from 476,000 convictions in 2013. In total, 5.9% of all drivers observed in a 2017 study displayed distracted driving as a result of electronic device use, compared to 7.6% in 2016. The change marks a 1.7% decrease from one year ago.
In a 2016 survey, 16-24-year-olds demonstrated a significantly higher rate of manipulating a hand-held device while driving (6.5%) in comparison to other age groups. Respondents from a 2015 California Traffic Survey reported “Texting While Driving” as the most serious distraction on roadways.
In 2015, 59.6% of California drivers surveyed stated that they have been hit or nearly hit by a driver talking or texting. California Vehicle Code Section 23123.5 states it is illegal to hold and use a cell phone while texting, calling or using the apps while driving. It must be affixed to the vehicle, may be operated in hands-free mode using voice activation, or used with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger.
Rancho Cordova Police Officers will be conducting specialized enforcement efforts throughout the month of April. Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Sergeant Shaun Hampton
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/
Rancho Cordova Police Department