Assemblymember Frazier Seeks to Enhance Driver Safety

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 1646 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) successfully passed through Assembly Transportation Committee with bipartisan support. This bill will impose firm penalties to offenders who disregard the safety of others by illegally using their cell phone while driving.

“AB 1646 is intended to serve as a deterrent for drivers that blatantly ignore road safety,” said Frazier. “This change in the law will help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that are caused by distracted drivers and make California’s streets a secure place for all.”

In 2012, crashes involving distracted drivers resulted in 3,328 deaths and nearly half a million injuries. Every month the California Highway Patrol issues around 12,000 tickets for illegal cell phone use while driving and the Office of Traffic Safety reports that cell phone use while driving is now the leading cause of “driver distraction” crashes in California.

“I want to applaud Assemblymember Frazier for his efforts to combat distracted driving,” said Solano County Sheriff Thomas Ferrara. “AB 1646 will provide the necessary education and enforcement tools needed to reduce the number of distracted driving violations and vehicle collisions.”

“As Distracted Driver Awareness Month comes to an end, AB 1646 will create a constant reminder of the dangers and consequences that are a result of distracted driving,” said Frazier.

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.