Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Distracted Driving

June 13, 2010
Distracted Driving
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

These days so many of us have such hectic schedules that we overlook the critical importance of a routine most of us do daily, often many times a day. It is driving and the dangers of driving distracted.

In California, it is against the law for all drivers to text on their mobile devices. Drivers under the age of 18 are not permitted to use a cell phone in any way while driving. Drivers 18 and over may use a mobile device, but only when it is hands-free.

AAA tips on how to drive distraction-free:

  • Stow electronic devices
  • Prepare children and pets for the trip
  • Satisfy your craving off the road
  • Store loose gear and possessions before driving
  • Get your vehicle road-ready
  • Dress for success before getting in the car
  • Enlist passengers to help with anything that may distract

According to AAA, statistics show that teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group. Stay involved with your teen's driving habits and help reduce their risks on the road and minimize their chance of becoming another statistic. AAA has helpful tips on their website at

Studio Guests:

Officer Tony Tam
California Highway Patrol
(866) 299-8173

Debbie Smith
Mother of Crash Victim
Featured by IMPACT Teen Drivers

Jenny Mack
AAA Northern California
(800) 922-8228

Additional Resources

IMPACT Teen Drivers

Wireless Telephone Laws FAQ:

California Highway Patrol
707-551-4100 Non-Emergency

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