If you’re one of those many drivers in L.A that has a habit of texting behind the wheel or talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device, then now would be a good time to stop. LAist reports that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which means that the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department will be cracking down on the millions of drivers that violate state laws while using their cell phones behind the wheel.
Increased enforcement on distracted driving went into effect on April 4, where authorities say that they will have zero tolerance for cell phone use and texting behind the wheel during the month of April. The purpose of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to increase public safety and raise awareness about cell phone and texting legislation.
Believe it or not, distracted driving in the Los Angeles community can be considered more dangerous than drunk driving. Studies show that drivers who use handheld devices are four times more likely to be involved in a serious traffic collision that results in injuries than drivers who do not use the handheld devices. The act of texting while driving is also said to delay a driver's reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a drunk driver.
In addition to the increased enforcement in Los Angeles during the month of April, about 225 California police agencies and 103 California Highway Patrol agencies will be participating in a similar "zero tolerance" crackdown. Learn more about distracted driving laws at through the Department of Motor Vehicles.