While driving, it may be tempting to look at your phone when you hear it ring, but no text, app check or phone call is so important that it cannot wait. That’s the message this April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or your hands off the steering wheel – especially when it comes to texting, using apps and talking on your cell phone. These are some of the most dangerous things that people can do behind the wheel because attention is taken away from the focus of driving. The California Office of Traffic Safety wants to remind everyone that under the new distracted driving law that took effect January 1, holding a cell phone in your hand while driving is illegal and you will be cited.
The new distracted driving law prohibits driving while holding a cell phone in your hand, though you may still legally use it in a hands-free manner such as voice command or when using a mounting device. However, you cannot text, scroll or tap multiple times. Only one tap or swipe to activate or deactivate a feature or function is allowed. The first ticket costs $162, so save yourself the time and money by following these tips to avoid being distracted when behind the wheel:
Turn off your cell phone and put it out of sight before you get behind the wheel.
Do not program your GPS or MP3 player or other devices while driving – set your route and your music playlist before you start driving. If you need to change your GPS, pull over to a safe parking spot.
Do not eat or drink while driving – try to eat before or after you get to your destination. Eating and drinking can be just as dangerous as trying to use your cell phone.
Do not groom, read or try to watch videos – driving should be your only focus, arrive safe and alive.
Finally, if something falls to the floor or is out of reach, pull over to a safe parking spot before trying to reach it.
Important Safe Driving Reminders for Celebrations to Come
The big holiday season is over but February has just as many reasons to celebrate. In 2015, 70 people lost their lives while over 1,200 were injured in alcohol and drug-related crashes in California during the month of February. Events like Super Bowl and Mardi Gras often involve alcohol and drugs, so the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reminds everyone to be mindful of the dangers of drunk and drugged driving.
The OTS offers reminders for party hosts: make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance; serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages; if a guest has had too much to drink or is too high, arrange a sober ride home or offer your place for the night.
Tips for party goers include: before the party begins, designate a sober driver to get you home safely; if you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home or call Uber, Lyft or a taxi.
The California Office of Traffic Safety wants everyone to have fun and be safe during these many upcoming celebrations!
New Year, New Law—California Increases Curb on Distracted Driving
New Restrictions for Phone Use While Driving
Whether you’re Snapchatting, scrolling through Instagram, or sending a text while on the road, it’s clear that cell phones have become a top distraction for drivers – often causing traffic collisions on the road. A study conducted last spring by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), showed that at least 13 percent of the state’s drivers were either seen talking, texting or using a cell phone in some manner. This number has increased from nine percent in 2015.
To combat distracted driving, Assembly Bill 1785, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The new law expands California’s restrictions on the use of mobile phones behind the wheel. Drivers will no longer be able to operate any handheld wireless telephones or any electronic devices unless the device is specifically designed to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and must be used in that manner while driving.
The California Office of Traffic Safety shares the following tips to staying focused while driving:
Listen to—don’t watch—GPS devices and make sure to input your destination before leaving or stop to change your route if necessary.
If a call or text absolutely can’t wait, pull over into a parking spot and conduct your call safely.
Never: talk, text, email or use any apps on any handheld electronic device while driving.
Better yet, turn off your phone and place it out of reach as soon as you get in the car.
High visibility ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement operations are being conducted by law enforcement agencies across the state. Drivers caught talking or texting on a mobile device or other handheld devices will be ticketed. A first offense ticket costs a minimum of $160, and up to $285 for each subsequent offense.
To avoid the traffic fines, car crashes and life-threatening consequences that are associated with driving while distracted, eliminate your distractions when behind the wheel. For more information regarding distracted driving facts, please visit www.ots.ca.gov.
Important Reminders for a Safe and Memorable Holiday Season
The holiday season is nearing and the celebrations are soon to begin. Though most are focused on enjoying the festivities with friends and loved ones, it is important to recognize the dangers of driving that are often associated with the holiday season.
Alcohol can be found at most holiday parties and gatherings, so it is no surprise that the month of December equates to an increased number of DUI offenses and drunk driving crashes. In fact, over the month of December 2013, a staggering 733 people lost their lives across the nation in crashes involving a drunk driver, including 98 killed and over 1,800 injured in California alone.
To avoid risking these serious consequences, and to ensure that your holiday celebrations are both safe and memorable, the California Office of Traffic Safety offers the following reminders:
Plan ahead, designate a sober driver. If you plan to consume alcohol during your holiday festivities, make it a point to designate a sober driver ahead of time. Waiting until you’ve been drinking to make this decision increases your chances of poor judgment, resulting in a greater risk of severe, and potentially deadly, consequences.
Help others be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Become the designated driver or help call a taxi, sober friend or family member for that person to get home safely.
Law enforcement will be out in full force. The annual DUI crackdown period will take place from Dec. 18- Jan. 3, with increased numbers of law enforcement actively on the lookout for those who are driving impaired. The average first time DUI costs $10,000. Spending a small amount on a safe ride home is by far the most logical – and economical – choice.
Visit the OTS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS and look for the DD Mixology Center in the Photos section for non-alcoholic drink recipes created specifically for Designated Drivers. Developed by popular food and drink establishments throughout California, these “DDrinks” (Designated Driver Drinks) are perfect for any holiday gatherings. Party hosts are encouraged to check out these simple recipes, giving sober drivers a fun way to take part in the festivities, too.
The California Office of Traffic Safety wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!
Driving Tips to be Thankful for This Winter
Posted Octobr 26, 2016
On behalf of the California Office of Traffic Safety: California has already seen a bit of wet weather and soon it will be here in full force. The Thanksgiving holiday travel season is starting back up and that means trouble on the roadways for those who don’t plan ahead. The California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding motorists to plan ahead and take extra safety measures before embarking on your holiday journey.
Before your trip:
Take time to prepare. Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, anti-freeze, heater and exhaust system are in top condition. Always check your tires before driving. Make sure they are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition.
Minimize distractions. This may mean turning off your cell phone and/or putting it out of reach. Include in your outgoing message that you can’t answer while you are driving. Don’t call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving.
While traveling the roadways:
Remain alert. Constantly scan the road for brake lights in front of you.
If it’s raining, keep your vehicle toward the middle lanes since water tends to pool in outside lanes.
Do not use cruise control during wet or snowy road conditions. Cruise control can cause skidding and loss of tire traction in winter conditions.
In the event you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding, remember the following:
Do not brake or turn suddenly. If you need to brake, do so gently with light pumping action.
Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid and as you recover control, gently straighten the wheels.
By planning ahead and following these tips, you can ensure that your Thanksgiving holiday is a safe one. Join us on Twitter at @OTS_CA or “like” us at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS and keep up with the latest traffic safety information. For more information on all OTS efforts, visit www.OTS.ca.gov.
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NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHES DISTRACTION.GOV TO FIGHT AGAINST DISTRACTED DRIVING
Posted April 21, 2013
With ever increasing demands on our personal and professional time in today's busy society, learning to juggle multiple tasks at once is something we all face daily. As a result, a new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on America's roadways that demands immediate attention: distracted driving.
In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people were killed and a half million more were injured in distracted driving crashes. One of the most alarming and widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage. According to a Carnegie Mellon study, driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. And a report from the National Safety Council found that more than one out of every four traffic accidents is caused by people talking on cell phones or sending text messages.
"Distracted driving is an epidemic on America's roadways, and we're doing our part to help put an end to it," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. "Texting and cell phone use while driving is extremely dangerous, and we know simply getting drivers to turn their phones off when they get behind the wheel will make our roads significantly safer."
Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction -- visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving.
To tackle this ever increasing problem, NHTSA is focusing on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education, the same tactics that have curbed drinking and driving and increased seat belt use.
"Decades of experience with drunk driving and getting people to buckle up has taught us it takes a consistent combination of public education, effective enforcement, a committed judiciary, and the collective efforts of local, state, and national advocates to put a dent in the problem," said LaHood.
NHTSA's message is simple: "One Text or Call Could Wreck it All." With supporters ranging from President Obama to Oprah and legislation being passed across the nation to discourage distracted driving, we hope drivers get the message loud and clear.
So the next time you are pressed for time, and it seems like multitasking in the car is the best decision, remember those 5,500 lives that were taken because someone decided they could do two things at once. A text or call is not worth your life, or anyone else's.
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SHARE THE ROAD WITH MOTORCYCLES FROM THE NEW JERSEY MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION
Posted April 3, 2012
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. Motorists traveling our roadways are reminded to be alert to the nearly 160,000 motorcycles that share the road with each of us.
WE NOW HAVE 12 REVIEWS ON YELP!
Posted April 3, 2012
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POP STAR JUSTIN BIEBER CAMPAIGNS AGAINST TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
Posted April 2, 2012
Justin Bieber recently launched a campaign against texting while driving. We applaud Bieber's efforts as texting while driving is highly dangerous to both the driver and to innocent people. Please, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times. "As a 17-year-old driver, I am aware of the countless distractions that we teenagers face on the road, and texting is one that is preventable," Justin Bieber says.
ANNOUNCING ONLINE TRAFFIC SCHOOL SUPPORT FOR APPLE IPAD AND IPHONE AND GOOGLE ANDROID TABLET COMPUTERS
Posted August 26, 2011
Defensive Drivers Group online traffic school is now ready for Apple iPad and iPhone, as wells Android tablet computers and phones. Now you can get your California traffic school certificate by using your iPad and Android tablets or your favorite smartphone.
STREET LOCATIONS OF SAN FRANCISCO RED LIGHT CAMERAS
Posted May 24, 2011
SF, CA Intersections Equipped for Red Light Photo Enforcement
Bryant & Sixth
Bush & Van Ness
Ellis & Larkin
Folsom & First
Franklin & Geary
Harrison & Eighth
Harrison & Fifth
Harrison & Third
Howard & Fifth
Howard & Fourth
Howard & Ninth
Marina Boulevard & Lyon
Mission & Fifth
Mission & Seventh
Mission & Fifteenth
Oak & Octavia
Park Presidio & Fulton
Park Presidio & Geary
Park Presidio & Lake
Pine & Polk
Polk & Hayes
Richardson & Francisco
Sloat & Nineteenth
South Van Ness & Fourteenth
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CALIFORNIA DMV: TOP 10 REASONS FOR FAILING THE DRIVING TEST
Posted May 11, 2011
TEEN DRIVERS, the California DMV has prepared 10 driving videos to help prepare you for your California Learners Permit or California Drivers License tests. Watch these DMV videos to get tips on how to pass your driving test the first time--and get your CA drivers license.
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Summer sunshine, heat and car exhaust create a toxic cocktail -- ozone pollution. Ozone can cause respiratory problems and even permanent lung damage. Here are some steps you can take to cut down on pollution when you drive:
Drive less, especially during peak traffic periods or hot days.
Avoid revving or idling engine over 30 seconds.
Fill gas tank during cooler evening hours to cut down on evaporation.
Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned.
Get more tips for your home and car in our Air Quality section.
How's the air where you live? Check our Air Quality forecasts. Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Weather Service, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Citizen Information Center, Washington State SAFE KIDS Coalition.
Online Traffic School in Napa County California!
Posted April 7, 2011
We are happy to announce that we are fully approved online traffic school for Napa county California speeding tickets. Get your online traffic school certificate from the contort of your own home. Fast electronic traffic school certificate sent to the Napa Superior Court in California. This includes these Napa county cities and towns:
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Contra Costa Online Traffic School Now Open in All Cities!
Posted April 5, 2011
We are pleased to announce that we are now a CA DMV approved online traffic school in Contra Costa County, California. That means if you get a speeding ticket in any of the following Contra Costa cities you can take our online traffic school course for just :
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04/01/2011 time submitted
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03/29/2011 time submitted
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03/29/2011 time submitted
Storms can crop up suddenly and present substantial hazards on the road; especially during Summer. Follow these safety tips when severe weather hits:
Flash flooding: When driving, know the depth of water in a dip before crossing. Be aware that the road bed may not be intact under the water. If the vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately; seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away.
Tornadoes: Leave your vehicle, and go to a substantial shelter. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert with your hands shielding your head. Be alert for rapidly rising waters in the ditch.
Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Weather Service, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Citizen Information Center, Washington State SAFE KIDS Coalition
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03/29/2011 time submitted
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03/29/2011 time submitted
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Driving in Snow and Ice
03/29/2011 time submitted
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared (TIPS), and that you know how to handle road conditions.
It's helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you're familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner's manual for tips specific to your vehicle.
Driving safely on icy roads
Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
Keep your lights and windshield clean.
Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
If your rear wheels skid...
Take your foot off the accelerator.
Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.
If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse Ñ this is normal.
If your front wheels skid...
Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.
As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.
If you get stuck...
Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner's manual first Ñ it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.
Sources: National Safety Council, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Washington State Government Information&Services
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03/29/2011 time submitted
A common cause of breakdowns is overheating, especially during summertime.
Your cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled as recommended in your owner's manual. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
If your car overheats, or if you are doing regular maintenance at home, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled.
A professional should check the tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses.
Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Weather Service, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Citizen Information Center, Washington State SAFE KIDS Coalition.
Online Traffic School Riverside, CA Now Open!
03/29/2011 time submitted
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