"Operation No Cell Phones Around Schools” starts on Monday

In an effort to save lives and eliminate distracted driving around school zones, the California Highway Patrol will be saturating school zones in the central division next week.

From Modesto to Bakersfield, the CHP will be conducting distracted driving operations “Operation No Cell Phones Around Schools” will take place August 25 through August 29. This five day campaign will focus on the number one killer of teens in America; reckless and distracted driving.

Distracted Driving is defined as; anything that diverts the driver's attention away from the primary tasks of navigating a vehicle and responding to critical events.
“Operation Cell Free Friday, Saturday and Sunday” will take place during the busy Labor Day weekend. CHP officers will be vigilantly enforcing distracted driving violations throughout the Central Valley. During the April 2014 Distracted Driving “It's Not Worth It” Campaign, Central Valley CHP officers issued 4,685 citations for distracted driving.

In 2012 there were 405 injury collisions where a contributing factor was inattention by the driver, due to cell phone usage or another form of distraction. Out of those 405 injury collisions there were 11 fatalities. “Our goal is to prevent distracted driving injuries and deaths on our Central Valley roadways,

and it's up to all of us,” said Central Division Chief Jim Abrames.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.