Study Finds Distracted Driving Is Continuing to Increase in California

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2013

August 12, 2013

Despite California taking a stand against distracted driving five years ago by legally banning texting and driving, a new study has shown instances of distracted driving are increasing.

An article from KPCC News explains that the Automobile Club of Southern California began surveying motorists on their behaviors behind the wheel of a vehicle in 2008. Researchers found that since the beginning of the study, the number of drivers reporting that they text using a cellphone while driving has increased 126 percent. The number is interesting considering the study began before the ban was enacted, yet the behavior increased after the ban took effect.

These numbers leave many citizens wondering what is being done to solve the problem of California Car Accidents caused by distracted driving. Several organizations have partnered to produce a public service announcement explaining the risks of distracted driving and asking motorists to be aware of the dangers of cellphone use behind the wheel.

Citizens can also hold  motorists accountable for their actions by reporting incidences of texting and driving using the 1-800-TELL-CHP hotline. The caller must report the location and license tag of the vehicle in order for a warning letter to be sent to the distracted driver.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers distracted driving can pose and hope these efforts are successful in reducing the number of accidents caused by the behavior.