Distracted driving has never been more dangerous then it is today. With an abundance of cell phones, smart phones, tablets and large screens full of information in nearly every car, drivers face a constant temptation to drive with their attention divided. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA--https://www.nhtsa.gov/), distracted driving caused 3,166 traffic accident related fatalities in 2017 alone!
Using cell phones to send and receive text messages while driving is one of the most dangerous and alarming practices that has become common place on our roads and highways. The danger is apparent when you realize that sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for five seconds or more. The danger this poses is illustrated by realizing that a car traveling at 55 mph would drive the length of a football field during the five seconds it takes to read or send a text. No one would close their eyes for five seconds while driving down the freeway for the length of a football field but too many will let themselves be distracted by sending text message.
To address this issue the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 47 which expands the penalties for distracted driving by treating distracted driving violation citations as moving violations that add a point to the violator's driving record. The Bill was drafted by Assembly Member Tom Daly from Anaheim and signed into law by the Governor on October 8, 2019. It takes effect July 1, 2021.