Texting and Driving

Distracted driving includes any behavior that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. This can include using a cell phone, eating, applying makeup, talking to passengers, or adjusting a playlist, among other activities.

In California, cell phone laws have been enacted to help make our roads safer. These laws prohibit the handheld usage of electronic devices and require drivers to use hands-free methods (bluetooth, voice command, etc.) to operate their devices. Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use a cell phone under any circumstances, even if it is hands-free. Additionally, actions that may not seem explicitly illegal, like grooming or having a dog on your lap, can still be cited under other vehicle sections, like VC 22350, which holds motorists accountable for driving in a manner that creates a danger to people or property. In Mill Valley, the Miller Avenue Project and the changing nature of our roads present an extra hazard for distracted drivers. By driving cautiously and staying focused, we can keep our community safer and reduce the number of collisions on our streets. Take the pledge to never text and drive here


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