About Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or your hands off the steering wheel – especially texting and cell phone use. These behaviors are some of the most dangerous behind the wheel and aren't often thought about because they are so common.
However, it is important to recognize the dangers of distracted driving. In California, cell phone laws were enacted to help prevent distracted driving. These laws prohibit cell phone and electronic wireless device usage among any driver, transit and school bus drivers, except for valid emergency or work-related purposes. Any driver under the age of 18 cannot use a cell phone or any other electronic wireless device at all, not hand-held, hands-free, Bluetooth, speaker phone, or any other means.
So what about other distractions, like eating, grooming, dogs in the lap, etc? Those other actions may not be illegal but if a law enforcement officer sees anything that might be considered distracting enough to be a danger, they may be cited under other vehicle sections, such as VC 22350, the basic speed law which restricts speed for multiple reasons including reckless driving and disregard for the safety of persons or property.