In Santa Barbara County, the California Highway Patrol, county sheriff’s deputies and local police departments are looking to crack down on distracted driving caused by motorists not using hands-free devices for their mobile devices. KEYT-TV outlined how the program works:
Members of both the Santa Barbara County CHP and Sheriff’s Department will aggressively target ‘distracted drivers’ for the next two days. Within minutes of heading out onto the road with [an office], our crews witnessed officers pull over and cite several drivers for using their cell phones and other handheld devices. If ticketed, drivers face a fine upwards of $100 or more, if the driver is a repeat offender.
While crackdowns are becoming more common for those motorists who are willing to take risks, law enforcement agents in California and throughout the country argue that it can be hard to identify drivers on cell phones at speed. This means that tracking down dangerous drivers who can cause devastating accidents is difficult, at best. For those who are worried about the effects of distracted driving, know that recent studies indicate that driving distracted by using a cell phone to text or make a call leads to reaction times worse than those driving under the influence of alcohol above the legal limit. [Image: Ed Poor via Wikipedia] DISCLAIMER: Booth & Koskoff is not representing any of the parties mentioned in the article at the time it was posted. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident we recommend you contact a reputable law firm for a consultation. We have published information on How to Shop for a Personal Injury Attorney as a free resource. If it turns out you need an attorney, we offer a free confidential consultation. Call us at 888-212-0440 or complete the contact form to the right.