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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday March 23rd, 2023 :: 04:30 p.m. PDT


Get Off Your Apps: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Nature of Incident: Get Off Your Apps: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Location: County of Ventura
Date & Time: April 2023
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office


Ventura County, California. – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will be actively looking for drivers throughout the month who are in violation of the state’s hands-free cell phone law.
“Holding your phone and using it while driving is not only dangerous, but also illegal,” Senior Deputy Luke Riordan said. “Before starting the car, silence your phone or put it in the glove box, trunk or back seat. Anywhere you can’t reach.”
According to the 2022 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, nearly 72% of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting was their biggest safety concern. In 2021, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) issued nearly 56,000 citations for distracted driving.
Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle. This includes talking, texting, or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine. Violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.
If you have an important phone call, text, email, or in a situation with other distractions, pull over to a safe parking spot. Other distractions can be eating, grooming, reaching for something that fell on the floor, putting on or taking off clothing, talking with passengers, or children in the back seat.
Funding for distracted driving enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Prepared by: Sergeant Daniel Gonzales  
News Release Date: March 23, 2023  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Daniel Gonzales
[email protected]
(805) 388-5132
Approved by:
Captain Jason B. Hendren

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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