Study: Distracted Driving Rising in California

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Distracted driving is up significantly in the Golden State, despite laws aimed at combating it.

A newly-released observational study, conducted by the Office of Traffic Safety and Fresno State, has found that at any moment, 4.5 percent of drivers are using their cell phones behind the wheel.


That’s up from 3.6 percent in 2017, but down from 7.6 percent in 2016.

Researchers say drivers who are on the road alone are 8 times more likely to violate the state’s hands-free laws, the first offense against which is $162.


Aaron Abeytia

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