Hands on the Wheel. Eyes on the Road.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system, putting on make-up, shaving - anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention!
Texting on a handheld device while driving has been illegal in California since 2009, but State law became even more restrictive as of January 1, 2017. Now, California law makes it unlawful for a motorist to hold and operate any wireless device while at the wheel - even, for example, to check your GPS. The law is even more restrictive for drivers under 18. Minors cannot use a wireless phone, laptop, pager or any other electronic communication device to speak or text while driving, even if it is hands-free.