HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or your hands off the steering wheel – especially texting and cell phone use. These are the most dangerous things we do behind the wheel that many people do not think about because it is so common.
However, it is important to recognize the dangers of distracted driving. In California, cell phone laws were enacted to help prevent distracted driving. These laws prohibit cell phone and electronic wireless device usage among any driver, transit, and school bus drivers, except for valid emergency or work-related purposes. Any driver under the age of 18 cannot use a cell phone or any other electronic wireless device at all, not hand-held, hands-free, Bluetooth, speakerphone, or any other means.
With a new law in place that expands on the previous cell phone laws in California, AB 1785 prohibits driving while holding a cell phone in your hand. If the cell phone is used in a hands-free manner, such as voice command or the use of a mounting device, it is completely legal. While driving, you can single swipe or tap the screen to activate or deactivate a feature or function, but you cannot text, scroll or tap multiple times. This law is designed to prevent distracted driving and to help make California’s roads safer.
During the week of April 10th to April 14th the Hesperia Traffic Division will be deploying a special operation by doing saturation’s each day looking for distracted drivers. Violators will be stopped and cited. This operation is to help reduce distracted driving related traffic collision.
(Hesperia Sheriff’s press release)