In an effort to raise awareness and help stop distracted driving, the Cotati Police Department, issued 110 citations during the month of April to drivers who violated the state’s hands-free cell phone law. “Citations serve as a way to deter bad, dangerous and illegal behaviors,” Traffic Officer Reinke said. “Nothing should take away a driver’s focus on the road and certainly not a phone screen.”
According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than half (51.7 percent) of drivers surveyed reported being hit by or nearly hit by another driver talking or texting on a cell phone.
Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel.
If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box or trunk.
While cell phones remain one of the biggest distractions, other serious distractions include eating, grooming, applying makeup, reaching for fallen objects, using a vehicle’s touchscreen, knobs, dials or buttons, changing clothes, or any other task that takes your eyes or mind off the road.
Funding for distracted driving enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.