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SBSD - Victorville Police Department
Monday April 1st, 2019 :: 05:50 p.m. PDT


SBSD stations increasing directed enforcement for violations of distracted driving


April 1, 2019

CONTACT: Deputy A. Zapata - AZapata@SBCSD.ORG

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department challenges drivers to ‘silence’ the distraction
- April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month -

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the cities of Apple Valley, Chino Hills, Hesperia, Rancho Cucamonga, Victorville and Yucaipa Police Departments will be joining law enforcement agencies statewide stopping drivers who violate California’s hands-free cell phone law.

During the whole month of April, the above cities will have additional officers on patrol looking specifically for drivers on their phones.

Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when it involves a cell phone. According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), in 2017, 66 people were killed and more than 6,500 injured from distracted driving-related crashes.

Cell phones remain one of the top distractions for drivers, Like any bad habit, it can be hard to break, but this habit can have life-altering consequences.

A 2018 observational survey by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) on driver cell phone use found about 4.5 percent of drivers are still using their cell phone illegally, a nearly 27 percent increase from 2016. That text or phone call will never be worth losing a life over

Under the most recent cell phone law that went into effect in 2017, phones must be mounted on the dashboard, windshield or center console, and can only be touched once with the swipe or tap of a finger to activate or deactivate a function. First-time offenders face a $162 fine.

If you need to make a call or text, pull over and park at a safe location. Struggling to stay off the phone while driving? Put your phone in a place you can’t reach, like the backseat or trunk.

Funding for distracted driving enforcement operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

SBSD - Victorville Police Department
14200 Amargosa Rd
Victorville, CA 92392

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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