SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Drivers in California can’t seem to put their cellphones on hold.
A study released Tuesday reported that 9.2 percent of drivers were using phones to talk, text or otherwise take away their attention during observations earlier this year. That was up from 6.6 percent of drivers in 2014.READ MORE: Dixie Fire Grows To 181,289 Acres; 19% Contained
The study was done for the state’s Office of Traffic Safety and transportation experts at the University of California, Berkeley. Researchers fanned out across the state and literally watched cars drive by.READ MORE: Two Dead, Four Wounded In Downtown San Rafael Late Night Shooting
At nearly 13 percent of drivers, Sonoma County had the highest rate.
Safety officials expressed concern about the statewide rise, though the 2015 numbers were not as bad as 2012, when observers found nearly 11 percent of California drivers fiddling with their phones.MORE NEWS: Massive Early Morning 3-Alarm Fire Destroys Oakland Warehouse
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