San Bernardino County teen drivers are three times as likely to crash if
there are three passengers in the car, 12 times more likely when they
reach for their phones, and 16 times more likely when they text, according
Prior to 2010, CHP officers could not even code “distracted driving”
as a contributing factor in car crashes. But the lead-up to the hands-free
cellphone law opened eyes to the fact that over
400,000 people are injured every year in car crashes caused by distracted drivers. Teens
are especially vulnerable: 10 percent of all fatal crashes in this age
group are caused by distracted driving.
Bonnye Spray, whose teenage daughter survived one distracted driving crash
only to be killed in another one a year later, is one of the leaders for
Distracted Driving Awareness Month in California.
California Distracted Driving Laws
While VC 23123 forbids any talking or talking or texting for drivers under
21, hands-free cell phone use is still legal for Fresno County adults, despite
mounting evidence that hands-free technology may be more dangerous than hand-held cell phones.
Regardless of age, drivers may use any mobile device to surf the web,
view an app, and arguably even play games that do not require the sending
and receiving of text-based messages.
The cell phone laws have rather small fines, but when considering
penalty assessments and other secondary costs, they will cost hundreds of dollars. Moreover,
because of California’s insurance laws, even a non-point violation
like cell phone use and no seat belt can trigger increased insurance rates.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
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