DUI checkpoints have been set up throughout the Santa Clarita Valley to educate drivers of the dangers of distracted driving.
CHP officers hope the checkpoints will raise awareness and help prevent distracted driving and driving under the influence.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of highway deaths in the U.S. in 2012 was 33,561, which increased by more than one thousand from the previous year.
People are already aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but sheriffs want to warn people that other distractions could be a danger on the road as well.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles website, there are three types of distractions that occur while driving: cognitive, visual and manual.
Cognitive distractions include talking to other passengers or listening to the radio. Visual distractions occur when the driver looks somewhere other than the road, such as at a cell phone or a navigation system. Manual distractions happen any time when the driver takes one or both hands off the wheel.
These types of distractions can be just as dangerous as a driver who is under the influence, because in all of these situations the driver is not fully focused on the road ahead.
Cougar News Reporter Tigran Martirosyan will have more information on the most recent CHP checkpoints in Santa Clarita as information develops.