UPDATE Monday 4/7/14
In a citywide crackdown on distracted driving, police in Glendale cited more than 50 motorists for allegedly talking on their cellphones or texting while driving on city streets.
Police said that 46 of the drivers were talking on their cellphones and an additional half a dozen were pulled over for texting while driving, said Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
The crackdown was part of four operations scheduled this month, all aimed at increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
The operation, carried out last week and set to resume Tuesday, is part of a month-long clampdown on distracted drivers.
Roughly 3,330 people were killed and 420,000 people injured nationally in 2012 in traffic collisions blamed on distracted driver, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The fee for violating the cellphone law is $161, but ticket costs can jump to $280 with subsequent violations. From the LA Times
At least 200 police agencies and the CHP will be cracking down, if you pick up your phone
today starting April 1st. They’re calling it a month long zero tolerance enforcement, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram.
Studies show texting while driving can delay your reaction time as severely as being a drunk. According to Triple A even hands free is in the danger zone.
21 percent of young drivers involved in fatal crashes were believed to have been distracted by cell phones.
The minimum ticket for using your cell phone even for 5 seconds starts at $161, up a couple of bucks from last year.
From Triple A…
MENTAL DISTRACTION – WHAT WE KNOW
Mental distractions dangerously affect drivers behind the wheel. Just because a driver’s eyes are on the road and hands are on the wheel does not mean they are safe – hands-free is not risk-free. Read more from AAA
Thanks to the AAA for the info graphic.
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