Distracted Driving in San Diego County Reaching a Statistical High

Posted on May 06, 2011

May 3, 2011 - San Diego, Calif. - Distracted drivers are plentiful in San Diego County, according to a state survey that was conducted in March. 

The results of the survey indicate 9.9% of San Diego County drivers use cell phones behind the wheel, SignOnSanDiego.com has reported. At the state and national level, the average rate for cell phone use while driving is 9%.

In the wake of the survey, traffic officials campaigning against cell phone use while driving spoke out on April 20, in San Diego. The high percentage of distracted driving in San Diego is not something to be proud of, said Robert Kanaski, police assistant chief in San Diego.

To spread the message that distracted driving can lead to serious injuries or fatal accidents, April was labeled Distracted Driving Awareness Month in California. As a result, the Office of Traffic Safety and law enforcement agencies have been persuading drivers to put down their phones while driving.

Officers have been writing more tickets and giving fewer warnings to violators of California's hands-free cell phone laws. From April 1 to April 18, San Diego police issued 1,056 tickets for illegal cell phone use. Statewide, the California Highway Patrol has issued about 10,000 tickets a month for distracted driving.

Driving while distracted was listed as the cause of roughly 26,000 crashes and 116 deaths in 2009 in California, said Max Santiago, deputy commissioner of the CHP.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,081 traffic fatalities in California in 2009.

Occasionally, our firm will publish news stories about serious or fatal accidents in our coverage area in order to raise awareness about the types of crashes that can occur in San Diego and elsewhere in our region.

Some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • crashes involving speeding;
  • crashes involving large trucks; and
  • rollover accidents. 

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