Corona PD Challenges Drivers to 'Silence' the Distraction
For Immediate Release
April 8, 2019
CORONA PD CHALLENGES DRIVERSTO ‘SILENCE’ THE DISTRACTION
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Corona CA – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Corona Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies statewide to stop drivers who violate California’s hands-free cell phone law.
Throughout the month, the Corona Police Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers on their phones. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when it involves a cell phone. According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol, distracted driving crashes killed 66 people and injured 6,500 more in 2017. “Cell phones remain one of the top distractions for drivers,” said Sergeant Bryan Snow. “Like any bad habit, it can be hard to break, but this habit can have life-altering consequences.”
A 2018 observational survey by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) on driver cell phone use found about 4.5 percent of drivers continue to use their cell phone illegally, a nearly 27 percent increase from 2017.
Under the most recent cell phone law, which took effect in 2017, drivers are prohibited from having a phone in their hand for any reason and can only use their phone in a hands-free manner. The phones must be mounted on the dashboard, windshield or center console, and can only be touched once with the swipe or tap of a finger to activate or deactivate a function. First-time offenders face a $162 fine.
If you need to make a call or text someone, pull over and park at a safe location. Struggling to stay off the phone while driving? Put your phone in a place you can’t reach, like the backseat or trunk.
Funding for distracted driving enforcement operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you would like to learn more about this program, please call Sergeant Snow at 951-739-4885 or email Bryan.Snow@CoronaCA.gov.
About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding The City of Corona visit www.CoronaCA.gov.
Sgt. Chad Fountain
Public Information Officer