Bay Area Law Enforcement Cracking Down on 'Distracted Drivers' in April

Over 200 agencies in the Bay Area will be taking part in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By Bay City News—

Bay Area law enforcement agencies are planning an April crackdown on drivers who are texting or using handheld devices behind the wheel as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police officials said.

More than 200 local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol will participate in a month-long "zero tolerance" enforcement and education campaign to curb drivers exhibiting dangerous behaviors.
According to a survey conducted by the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2013 nearly 70 percent of California drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cellphone.
Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place in South San Francisco on April 3, April 10 and April 17, police said. The Santa Rosa, Pacifica and Petaluma police departments have publicly announced that their departments will also be on the lookout for drivers not paying attention to the road.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety survey, three seconds of texting while driving at freeway speeds is equal to driving the length of a football field, blindfolded.
The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior. The minimum ticket cost is $161, with any subsequent tickets costing drivers at least $281.
Dave March 31, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Pickles, I'm hands free when I use my phone. I don't text at all. Phones are for talking, not typing.
Mr. Pickles March 31, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Way to go Dave :)
35 Year Resident March 31, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Hang up and drive!
Jow April 01, 2014 at 11:13 AM
When will "putting on make-up" while driving become distracted driving? I see so many women doing this...
LMO737 April 01, 2014 at 07:06 PM
No more threats! First offense, suspend license, sell car at auction, give driver Bart and Bus schedules. These drivers can use public transportation.


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