Give the Phone a “Break”

The City of Atascadero Police Department announces that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and an opportunity to encourage drivers to give the phone a break and focus on the road.

Throughout the month of April, the Atascadero Police Department will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers who violate the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

“When you are driving, give the phone a rest,” Atascadero Police Department Lieutenant Molle said. “A driver’s number one focus should be on the road. Anything that distracts you from the task of driving, especially a phone, puts yourself and others at risk.”


According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 75 percent of surveyed drivers listed “Distracted Driving because of TEXTING” as their biggest safety concern. “Not driving distracted is a simple but significant behavior change,“ Lieutenant Molle said. “The goal is to increase compliance with the hands-free cell phone law and keep people safe.” Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone for any reason, including hands-free.

If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box.

For more information on distracted driving, feel free to contact Lt. Robert Molle at (805) 461-5051.