Distracted Driving: Be Aware! A Month of Enforcement

Staff Reports

Diamond Bar – This month is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and CHP officers will be acting accordingly in and around the Diamond Bar Area.

This past week, April 5th was an enforcement day, as will be April 19th. Officers will be on the look out to give citations. Moreover, officers have been and will continue to speak to drivers of all ages warning them of dangers of distracted driving.

According to California law, the phone must not be observed to impair the driver’s ability to see, nor can it block the potential deployment of an airbag. Many judgments of officers of what this means is based on a case-by-case scenario, with the officer’s discretion.

Distracted driving and reckless driving is the number one killer of teens in America, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A driver must not hold or operate electronic devices, including smart phones. For a phone to be legally visible in the car, a phone must be mounted on the dash, the center console or one of the lower corners of the windshield, according to CHP.