California debates what is more dangerous: drunk driving or DUI drivers or the new dangerous driving: "Distracted Driving?" San Diego criminal defense lawyers are asked.
The federal government yesterday delivered $1.5 million to Sacramento California for more DUI cops & ads which say: "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other," attorneys are told.
Worse than Drunk driving, arguably distracted driving increasingly seems to be more risky behavior.
How does California know? Folks are dying from it.
Here's some numbers: 3,092 people were killed in 2010 from distracted driving collisions, which is 1 in ten road deaths, per NHTSA. Cellphone use factored in twenty-four percent of all accidents that year.
Just thirty-nine states in the U.S. now prohibit texting while ten states ban hand-held cellphone use while driving.
California makes it illegal to text or use hand-held cellphone while driving. 10.8% of California drivers are using cellphones at any given hour during the day.
There's a stigma about DUI in California but a similar phenomenon has not occurred with distracted driving. Consequently folks do not believe it is a problem. In reality, it is more dangerous than most DUI driving. It certainly results in 1,000's of annual dead bodies.
California's federal cash means billboards & ads plus $$ for more distracted driving patrol officers only looking for "DD" on week periods in December, February or March, and June, say state attorneys.
Californians are asking legislators for heavier penalties for DD and DUI offenders, lawyers are told.