April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Mill Valley Police Department would like to remind residents to drive safely. In today’s technologically reliant world it’s incredibly easy to become distracted while driving. Your mind may be telling you to check your newest e-mail, text message, or see how many “likes” your recent post received on social media when traffic is slow. Regardless of all the temptations to grab our phones, we need to stay focused on the road ahead. Distractions endanger the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and all others who share the roadway.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of vehicle crashes over the past decade according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drivers will see increased patrols throughout April with officers actively looking for drivers who are illegally using their cell phones. Please be smart and do your part, refrain from using your phone until you are parked safely at home.
Quick Recap of California Driving Laws
Drivers are not allowed to use mobile phones for calling, nor reading or writing text messages while driving on a public road.
Drivers over the age of 18 may utilize hands-free phone systems while driving.*
All drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using cell phones even with a hands-free system. *
*All hands-free phone systems must be mounted on a windshield or dashboard that doesn’t interfere with the driver’s view of the road. The driver must be able to control the phone with a single swipe or tap, no exceptions.