When a California driver is looking at a phone or using it while driving, his or her attention is not on the road as it should be. Distracted driving continues to be a major safety concern, and most people are aware that it is risky even to glance at the phone for a moment when driving. Despite the risk of car accidents, many drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. Distraction appears to be a problem that is not diminishing in the near future.
In most states, it is now illegal for a person to text and drive. Some states even have laws that prohibit holding a phone while driving. However, statistics estimate that around 3,000 people die each year in car accidents caused by distracted driving. This number does not include the people who have suffered injuries in crashes or had a close call due to a distracted driver.