Police Cracking Down on Distracted Driving Across Calif.

If you've noticed increased police presence on the road, that's because April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and it's a period where police statewide are cracking down on distracted drivers.

Nearly 50 percent of drivers admit to talking on the phone while driving, according to a report by the AAA, and 35 percent of drivers admit to sending text messages and checking emails.

But the good news is there has been a drop in the number of distracted driving over the past 10 years, according to the California Department of Transportation. 

There were almost 22,000 incidents of distracted driving related accidents in 2017, and there were around 33,000 in 2007, the CHP said.

Drivers say distracted driving is a growing problem and more dangerous than aggressive driving and drunk driving, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

In California, distracted driving among teenager is still a huge problem. Distracted driving was a factor in nearly 60 percent of crashes that involved teen drivers -- 44 percent higher than the national average.

Officials recommend having a designated texter, someone who can answer calls or texts for the driver.

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