Redondo Beach looks to continue driving awareness progress

April 5, 2018 by  

The “no texting” and “hands free” driving laws enacted 10 years ago have reduced the number of vehicle collisions, but California is keeping the heat on with special emphasis being paid to distracted driving this month.

The California Office of Traffic Safety has recently released preliminary figures for 2017 vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers. The results show an approximately 33% reduction in those collisions for 2017 when compared to 2007, a decrease from over 33,000 to almost 22,000.

While the decline has been impressive, state safety officials are looking to make those numbers even lower by designating April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Moreover, April’s first week has been declared California Teen Safe Driving Week. Many communities have likely engage a banner printing service to promote the initiative.

Redondo Beach P.D. will be doing its part and ramping up enforcement of these laws. While no monetary amount can be placed on the physical toll a car collision can take, the amount getting caught breaking a distracted driving law has a defined price: first time offence – $162.

Although the whole month of April will see an increased emphasis on ensuring compliance with this laws, there are two days where enforcement will be boosted statewide – today (April 5) and April 13. Funds are being provided by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.