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Does CHP Have Bigger Fish to Fry Than Distracted Drivers?

An opinion published in Coastal View News asserts that the California Highway Patrol is "making it worse, not better" - it being road safety.

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"I write to challenge whether the CHP's observation of traffic during rush hour on California Highway 101 in our area is aligned with its stated purposes." The author describes police officers looking for motorists who commit "minor" infractions - drivers with smartphones in their hands, for example - rather than going after bigger fish.

But is smartphone use while driving really just a minor issue?

In 2017, a new driving law hit the books. This law prohibits the use of mobile devices while driving, unless the device is attached to the dashboard or console and the driver can generally operate hands free.

As lawyers who represent people injured in car crashes, we know that distracted driving is a major issue, not a minor one. And distracted driving is exactly what AB 1785 is aimed at preventing. If the police spot a driver with an iPhone in hand, it may be, contrary to the author's opinion, a good use of government time and resources for the police to pull that driver over and issue a citation, before the driver hits and injures someone.

Read: CHP making it worse, not better

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