Texting and Driving: Why Drivers Get Off Easy in California

Date Posted: 08/18/2017

Categories: News, Traffic Tickets, Cell Phone Tickets, Distracted Driving, California Drivers

Next time you're in your car, glance to your left and right -- chances are you'll spot someone texting or checking emails as they're driving, and even though it's illegal, most will get away with it.

Each day in the United States, approximately nine people die and more than 1,000 more are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers, many of whom were suspected of using their cell phones at the time, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Safety advocates believe the number of fatalities and injuries involving cell phones is even higher because many drivers won't admit they were using their phones before a crash.

Despite those alarming statistics, the number of citations issued for cell phone related offenses in California has dropped in recent years, from 476,105 in 2011 to 269,230 in 2015, according to statistics from the Office of Traffic Safety.

This article was originally published in Ventura County Star . Continue reading the full article here.