Californians Still Talking, Texting While Driving
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A new study finds about 9 percent of California drivers either talk or text on the road. Researchers for the state’s Office of Traffic Safety observed drivers at 130 intersections in 17 counties statewide.
Chris Cochran with the office says the findings are cause for great concern. “Those people who are using their cell phone – especially hand held and especially texting are really putting themselves and the rest of us in danger,” said Cochran.
According to the survey about 3 percent of drivers were using a handheld phone. About 5 percent were using a Bluetooth or headset and nearly two percent were texting or using a mobile device in some other way.
It is illegal to text or talk on a hand-held phone while driving in California. However drivers can talk on a cell phone while using a headset or Bluetooth device.