Distracted Driving Info | Fresno Criminal Defense DUI Attorney

Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker's Blog about distracted driving:

While representing a client on a DU charge I was at the Fresno DMV Driver Safety Office, I noticed an information brochure about distracted driving that caught my attention.  Due to the similarities between the characteristics of a distracted driver and a drunk driver (DUI) I am reproducing the DMV's information below.  It is not intended as legal information, and DMV info may change without notice.


Driving is a serious responsibility that demands and deserves your full attention.  Driver distractions may occur anytime, anywhere.  A distraction is anything that takes your attention away from driving, such as:

*  A Billboard

* The passengers in your car

*  Choosing a CD or tape

Distraction contribute to one out of four accidents.  That is is 4,300 accidents every day, resulting in one-and-a-half million accidents a year!


A California Highway Patrol study found that the leading factors causing distracted driving accidents are:

* Cell phone use

* Attending to Children

* Eating

Dial D" for Disaster:

While it's hard to imagine life without a cell phone, you increase teh risk of having an accident by 400 percent every time you use your cell phone when driving.  Your focus on driving is diverted when you enter a number or get involved in a conversation.  Doing other tasks while talking on the cell phone, such as note-taking or searching for something, increases your risk of having an accident.  If you are on the freeway, take the next exit and park in a safe location before you use your cell phone.

REMEMBER: Driving safely is always more important than using or answering your cell phone.


Eating while driving is not only messy, but dangerous. It usually involves driving with one hand and juggling your food or beverage with the other.  Leave a little early to allow yourself time to stop for a bit to eat.  Pull over to a safe location and enjoy your meal.


Be sure your children are properly and safely buckled up, and give them distractions -- books, games, or other times -- to occupy their time.

Avoid arguments and other disturbing conversations while driving.

Pets can be unpredictable.  Properly secure them in a pet carrier or portable kennel before moving your vehicle.


"Dialing in" you destination on a navigation system, searching for your favorite tune on the radio, or adjusting the vehicle's climate control can be hazardous.  These activities make you six times more likely to be involved in an accident.

Taking your eyes of the road fort two seconds at 60 MPH means you have traveled blindly for half the length of a football field.  Try these tips.

* Adjust controls before you begin your trip.

* Take advantage of normal stops to adjust controls

* Pull over to a safe place before you adjust the dials.


The urge to get a good look at an accident, a vehicle pulled over by law enforcement, construction work, a billboard advertisement, a scenic view, or to look for an address-- is just human nature.   The best advice: Don't Look.  Those things are never more important than focusing on your driving.  Diverting you concentration from driving can be deadly.


In the US, vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teenagers.

Drivers and distractions, risk taking, and inexperience contribute to more than 5,000 teenage deaths each year.  Talking with other teenage passengers or friends in another vehicle, Cruising, wearing headphones or earplugs (illegal in California and most states), or playing music too loudly, can be deadly when combined with driving.  Keep focused on driving safely and staying alive.


Reading a newspaper, a book, or a map, and personal grooming, such as hair-combing, shaving, or applying makeup, are examples of what people should NOT do while driving.  Smoking is a health and safety hazard, especially while driving. Lighting up, putting out cigarettes, or dealing with falling ashes can present a deadly distraction.  The safe solution is simple: Never do any of these things while driving.


Stay focused. Pay attention. Expect the unexpected.

Follow these simple tips to help you stay alive:

*  Follow the safety tips in this blog

*  Properly buckle up everyone.

*  Be well-rested

*  Do not tailgate.

* Allow sufficient time to reach your destination

*  Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained.

REMINDER: A vehicle is like a loaded gun, it can be a deadly weapon.

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

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