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Posted on: April 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Give the Phone a "Brake" - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month


ARROYO GRANDE, CA – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Arroyo Grande Police Department encourages drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.

Throughout the month of April, Arroyo Grande Police Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law. 

“When you are driving, give the phone a rest,” Arroyo Grande Police Department, Chief of Police, Michael Martinez said.  “A driver’s number one focus should be on the road. Anything that distracts you from the task of driving, especially a phone, puts yourself and others at risk.” 

According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 75% of surveyed drivers listed “Distracted Driving because of TEXTING” as their biggest safety concern. 

On Sunday, April 4th, the Arroyo Grande Police Department responded to a traffic collision in the 300 block of James Way.  The driver at fault was reaching for his phone just before he hit a parked car.  

“Not driving distracted is a simple, but significant behavior change,” Chief Martinez said. “The goal is to increase compliance with the hands-free cell phone law and keep people safe.” 

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone for any reason, including hands-free. 

If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box or trunk. 

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



Sergeant Jeremy Burns


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