Assemblymember Frazier Introduces His First Bill of 2014
AB 1555 Will Help Save Lives and Enhance Driver Safety
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) has introduced a bill to make drivers think twice about picking up their cell phones while driving. Assembly Bill 1555 will increase penalties for drivers who kill or cause a person bodily harm while talking or texting without a hands free setup.
“I care about safety,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “If a driver knowingly commits an illegal act that results in the death or injury of another person, that driver should face the consequences.”
In 2012, 3,328 people were killed throughout the country in distraction related collisions and nearly half a million people were injured in crashes that involved distracted drivers. In all these cases the drivers took their attention away from the task of driving, and put others in life-threatening situations. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, cellphone use while driving is now the leading cause of “driver distraction” crashes in California and has been shown to be as dangerous as drunk driving.
“The California Police Chief Association applauds Assemblymember Frazier for his leadership on traffic safety,” said John Lovell, Legislative Advocate. “This bill is a smart strategy to address the very real problem caused when drivers are too distracted by texting to pay attention.”
“People are making a choice while driving a car,” said President Mike Durant of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC). “They must respect the safety of others and pay attention to the road. We cannot tolerate the use a handheld device while driving. PORAC fully supports Assemblymember Frazier’s efforts with AB 1555.”
To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Offices at 707-399-3011 or 925-778-5790.