Police in Chula Vista, CA are cracking down on distracted drivers. On Saturday, 35 people were cited for distracted driving in the police department’s “Distracted Driving Operation.”
According to police, 29 drivers were cited for talking on handheld cellular phones while driving, and six were cited caught texting while driving. Each citation comes with a $159 fine.
The operation was part of an ongoing effort to improve traffic safety in Chula Vista.
Keep in mind that handheld cell phone use and texting are not the only distractions while driving. Eating, drinking, use of GPS, MP3 players and other devices are also considered distractions. Headphone use while driving is also restricted in California. The “ear buds epidemic” is extremely dangerous. “In 2017, 3166 people have been killed in crashes involving a distracted driver” – according to NHTSA. Drivers who wear headphones or ear buds in both ears often fail to yield to emergency vehicles, and most of all can’t hear the traffic around them – sometimes resulting in accidents.
Occasionally we publish local news regarding automobile and other accidents in Chula Vista and surrounding areas. This is one of those examples. Our feeling is that bringing awareness can sometimes lead to better outcomes as we are all reminded of how important it is to keep our hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and to drive safely.
In addition, as Chula Vista personal injury attorneys, our goal is to make our communities a safer place to live by holding those who are negligent accountable for their actions as well as to get our clients compensated when compensation is due.
If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of others, reach out to us for a free consultation. We will let you know if you have a case and what you can hope to receive in compensation.
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