The Martinez Police Department, in an effort inspired by the upcoming Distracted Driving Awareness Month, will be enforcing a zero tolerance policy toward drivers talking or texting on handheld cellphones while behind the wheel. The effort to increase driver attentiveness will take place between the dates of April 3 and April 18. Fines of $159 ($279 for repeat offenders) will be issued to anyone breaking California’s cellphone laws.
Across the state of California, more than 225 local police departments, as well as the California Highway Patrol will enforcing periods of zero tolerance for those drivers using handheld communication devices while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Distracted driving has been proven t endanger the lives of everyone sharing the road. Motorists using cellphones while driving are four times more likely to e injured in an automotive collision, and drivers under the age of 20 are the most likely to be killed in accidents involving distracted drivers. Safety studies indicate that drivers texting while behind the wheel have a delayed reaction time comparable to that of drivers under the influence of alcohol.
As a licensed San Francisco car accident lawyer, I have seen the negative results of inattentive driving. If you or someone you love or care about has been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver, please consider contacting a highly qualified San Francisco personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.