The Sacramento Bee, Tony Bizjak
Faced with a tough year-old cellphone law, more California drivers are putting their devices aside entirely when behind the wheel, a new study shows.
The study by the state Office of Traffic Safety found that fewer than 4 percent of drivers appear to be picking up and using their cellphones, a notable drop from a year ago when the same analysis found that nearly 8 percent of drivers were on their cellphones.
California safety officials are cautiously cheering what they say may be the start of a trend toward less distracted driving.
Office of Traffic Safety spokeswoman Camille Travis said the tough California law is a key part of the decreasing numbers, along with several years of public-service messages urging people to put their cellphones down and focus on the road.
“This is behavioral change,” Travis said. “People are starting to get the gist of it.”