This month, law enforcement officers plan to strictly enforce distracted driving laws in California. People caught talking on hand-held cell phones can expect a ticket from police.
Agencies throughout the state will be on the lookout for drivers who violate laws related to distracted driving. A representative from the California Highway Patrol said there will be a zero-tolerance policy to reduce the activities drivers may engage in while they’re behind the wheel that affect their concentration and attention on their driving.
In the Los Angeles area alone, more than 50 agencies will participate to reduce distracted driving, focusing on drivers who talk on hand-held cell phones, and also do other distracting things such as texting, putting on makeup, shaving, and reading.
Texting while driving will earn a driver a ticket that’s as much as $159 for the first violation, and could be hundreds of dollars more for every violation after that. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement that they take distracted driving very seriously, and they are placing extra deputies on duty to enforce laws with zero tolerance for talking on a cell or texting while a driver is behind the wheel.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urged a nationwide bad on using portable electronic devices by drivers. In addition to that ban the agency called for last December was a ban on drivers’ nonemergency use of hands-free devices and hand-held cell phones. According to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people died in crashes in 2010 that were believed to be as a result of someone involved in the collision driving while distracted.
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