An opinion published in Coastal View News asserts that the California Highway Patrol is "making it worse, not better" - it being road safety.
Mount your phone and limit yourself to tapping and swiping.
Better yet, get your GPS directions started before you drive off.
In 2013, teenager Ashley Kubiak was in her Dodge Ram truck, speeding down a Texas highway. She was distracted, checking messages on her iPhone. She didn't see the SUV until it was too late, and the crash left the driver and passenger dead, along with a child in the vehicle paralyzed.
Yet another distraction-related crash appears to have injured a California police officer this week. A 17-year-old driver caused a chain reaction crash that ultimately caused another car to hit a motorcycle officer. The crash threw the officer from his motorcycle and hospitalized him with serious but undisclosed injuries.
Distracted driving poses a significant danger in many different contexts. One area in which the consequences of a moment's distraction are especially severe is the trucking industry. Truckers spend most of their time on the road and, for many, the temptation to pass the time by texting or surfing the web is too strong.
One increasingly common cause of car crashes in California and around the nation is phone-related distracted driving. It seems that hardly a month goes by without another study reporting an even higher rate of phone users who admit to texting and driving or using their phones for other distraction-related activities.
According to a recent survey conducted by AT&T, 98 percent of Americans know that distracted driving is a dangerous activity. While phone-related distractions have received a lot of attention in recent years, any activity that takes a driver's attention off of the road can result in a serious accident and injuries.