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CHP Wants Motorists not to text and drive

Posted: February 3, 2014 8:25 a.m.
Updated: February 3, 2014 8:25 a.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on California’s roadways.  In 2011 alone, more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is encouraging all motorists to make the conscience decision that could literally save their life:  “Do not text and drive.” 


Distracted driving is a serious safety concern for all drivers.  Not only do they put themselves at risk, multi-tasking drivers increase the risk of injuring or killing their passengers, bicyclists, pedestrians, or innocent victims traveling in another vehicle. 


“Driving is a complex task, requiring a motorist’s full attention.  Anything that diverts the driver’s attention from the roadway, even for one or two seconds, could result in tragedy,” said Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “The bottom line, whatever the distraction, `It’s Not Worth It!’ ”


Part of the CHP’s strategic plan is to reduce distracted driving in an effort to save lives.  To accomplish this goal the CHP is asking all drivers to put away cell phones and decide to improve their driving habits.  In addition, the CHP is engaged in a yearlong, grant-funded Adult Distracted Driving traffic safety campaign.  By the conclusion of the grant, September 30, 2014, a minimum of 60 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 traffic safety presentations will have been completed statewide.


In 2012, CHP officers issued more than 168,000 citations for handheld cell phone or texting violations statewide.  That is an average of 14,000 distracted driving citations a month. 


“I want to encourage every motorist to abstain from texting while driving,” added Commissioner Farrow.  “Together we can keep the roads safe and reduce the number of deaths, injuries, and collisions throughout California.”


Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


projalice11: Posted: February 3, 2014 8:55 a.m.

A common sense approach:

Doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to figure this one out.

"CHP Wants Motorists not to text and drive."

17trillion: Posted: February 3, 2014 10:16 a.m.

Does it take a rocket scientist to know how to properly formulate a sentence?

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 3, 2014 12:13 p.m.

"Texting checkpoints" coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

offramp: Posted: February 3, 2014 4:29 p.m.

EgbertSouse4U, paranoid much?

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 3, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Offramp: Joke... sorry that had to be explained to you.

offramp: Posted: February 3, 2014 5:25 p.m.

EgbertSouse4U, having read so much from right wing nut cases who think every police action is a harbinger of a totalitarian police state, I am quick to think such things are being written as serious opinions, not jokes. Apologies.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 3, 2014 8:10 p.m.

offramp: No problem. Not the first time one of my jokes died.

17trillion: Posted: February 4, 2014 7:57 a.m.

"having read so much from right wing nut cases who think every police action is a harbinger of a totalitarian police state"

Do you mean right wing nut cases like Ron Wyden and Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders? Try learning something offramp, it's not that hard to do.

offramp: Posted: February 4, 2014 11:37 a.m.

17trillion, yes you are correct. I hesitated at limiting it to right wing nut cases, knowing that there many on the left who also see visions of storm troopers at every appearance of law enforcement. I just see it from the loud mouth right more often. Next time I will be more inclusive. All hail the sane middle!

17trillion: Posted: February 4, 2014 12:07 p.m.

Oh, the sane middle that gave us Obama and Bush?

You are actually completely off base offramp. Most of those on the right vigorously support the expansion of the police state. Who supports the Patriot Act? Who supports DUI stops? Who supports cops no matter how wrong they are? Who was cheering on a thread above this one when 10 cops shot a guy with 10 bullets to the body because he had a spear? You will find the right wing supporters of most of those things, if not all.

The people that don't support or at least question the above are Libertarians like me. We, along with a few liberals, question authority at all levels.

When you think of "totalitarian police state" you must think this country is slowly, but surely, headed that way. If you don't you're delusional.

ErikWood: Posted: February 4, 2014 1:25 p.m.

I think this effort will help young drivers (and hopefully the adults as well) get the message. It has to start with the end user, the driver...deciding not to partake in distracted driving and this will help drive that message home. We will forward this article to our followers on Twitter etc... This is now the #1 killer of teens in the US and so awareness is one of the keys to a solution.

I also decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool for teens and their parents called OTTER that is a simple, GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences call ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

Erik Wood, Founder
OTTER apps

17trillion: Posted: February 4, 2014 1:49 p.m.

"This is now the #1 killer of teens in the US and so awareness is one of the keys to a solution."

No it's not! While car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers, how can you extrapolate that texting is the number one cause within that car accident number? 35% of all teen deaths are due to car accidents and some number of that is attributable to texting or cell phone use. I've found no data to support that it's the number one cause of death, but it's certainly in the double digits as a percentage, but so is suicide, homicide, and other. "Other" accounts for 17% of all teenage deaths.

Is your OTTER app free? If not, then I question your motives Erik and I certainly question your data.

offramp: Posted: February 4, 2014 2:37 p.m.

Ah, yes, the Libertarians.. So able to claim the highest road, the "look at the Dems and Reps and how they've messed things up," the "here are all the answers, you nincompoops" folks. And to prove their point, all they need to do is point to all the countries governed under Libertarian principles and how utopian they are. (...sound of crickets...)

If libertarians are correct in claiming that they understand how best to organize a modern society, how is it that not a single country in the world in the twenty-first century is organized along libertarian lines?

ny2la: Posted: February 5, 2014 5:53 a.m.

Most common, and very obvious to the eye, illegal equipment rarely cited by CHP and local Sheriffs:
limousine tinted windshield and front windows, blue and yellow headlights, headlights and fog lamps using higher wattage or brightness (especially on raised pick up trucks), illegal side marker lights, tail light covers that dim or change color of lighting, tail lights other than red (usually black), high powered diesel pick ups that produce excessive amounts of tailpipe exhaust when during very hard acceleration, missing front and rear end bumpers, etc.

17trillion: Posted: February 5, 2014 8:01 a.m.

I'm more conservative than libertarian offramp. But really, it's not about me, it's about you and your less than intelligent claim that right wingers are always the ones to complain about the coming police state. Your knee jerk reaction and hatred of those on the right is as apparent as your lack of logic.

Furthermore, there is no such thing as a country organized on libertarian lines same as a pure socialist or communist or capitalist regime. All countries employ hybrids to some degree, but really, I grow tired in trying to educate you.

17trillion: Posted: February 5, 2014 9:17 a.m.

By the way offramp, did you know that opposition to the Iraq war is a libertarian concept? How about being ok with gay marriage? How about defending the rights of property owners?

I know, being educated is tough work.

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