Beginning January 1st, the Santa Monica Police Department will be initiating a safety campaign to decrease the number of traffic collisions in Santa Monica. Each month, they will focus on a different driving behavior.
In the month of January, the police department will target distracted drivers - those texting or talking on cell phones.
During the safety campaign, the Santa Monica Police Department will be targeting the following behaviors:
Officers will additionally be on the look out for other distracted driving activities, including eating, reading, and applying makeup.
According to the National Safety Council, at least 28% of all car accidents invlove drivers using cell phones.
The Santa Monica Police Department has broken down what constitutes a cell phone violation:
- Holding a cell phone in the hand and using the speaker phone, or holding a cell phone to the ear.
- Juveniles cannot use cell phones at all while driving.
- Writing, sending or reading a text message.
- Scrolling for a name or telephone number or entering a telephone number does not constitute texting.