Distracted Driving Awareness Starts with you. As part of the effort to stop accidents caused by distracted drivers, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), along with other law enforcement agencies, are working to crack down on drivers who violate the states distracted driving laws. According to a news article on ABC30.com, a driver was observed using an iPad while driving along with several other drivers who were using their phones while driving. A CHP representative said that phones are not the only distraction they observe. Drivers reading newspapers in the fast lane or women putting on makeup while driving are also examples of distracted driving.
If you are purchasing a cell phone or even a new cell phone for your teenager this Christmas, you need to be aware of some startling facts about teen drivers. Researchers found that distraction and teen driver crashes were worse than previously thought. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted research involving video analysis of teen drivers. According to the research, distraction was a factor in 58 percent of teen crashes. This number is four times the number of accidents estimated from police reports. The NHTSA had previously estimated that only 14 percent of crashes by teen drivers involved distraction. The study showed that 12 percent of the crashes involved cell phone use. In another study, the AAA Foundation found that use of electronic devices by newly licensed teen drivers was the most common distraction.