The state of California is set to receive about $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to fight distracted driving in the state. Under the "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other" campaign, one California metro area will pilot an enhanced distracted driving awareness and enforcement program, including media saturation and increased police enforcement.
A recent New York Times article shared the story of a 19-year-old Santa Maria, California, student who was hit by a distracted driver while riding his bicycle. The young victim died in the accident, forever changing the lives of both his loved ones and the teenage driver who caused the crash while texting.
According to a recent study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), texting bans haven't lowered the rate of car accidents. In fact, crash rates seem to be going up.