San Diego police looking to crack down on distracted driving handed out 29 citations for drivers talking on their cell phones while driving, along with another 6 who were caught texting behind the wheel Saturday afternoon in Chula Vista.
The campaign, known as the “Distracted Driving Operation”, was held from 3 to 7 p.m. as police patrols paid particular attention to what drivers were doing behind the wheel. The campaign, according to Chula Vista PD Officer Alicia Chudy, is a part of a larger effort to improve road safety and save lives through preventing accidents.
“Please remember that talking and texting are not only the only distractions while driving,” says Chudy. “Eating, drinking, use of GPS, MP3 players and other devices, reading maps, books or magazines, grooming, animals and getting too involved with your passengers can distract a driver and can cause collisions.”
Each of the drivers cited for distracted driving will now face fines of $159. Two were also found to have suspended licenses, and another had no license at all, sparking additional citations. Four others were cited for various other vehicle code violations.
“This was considered a successful Distracted Driving Operation,” Chudy added. “The Chula Vista Police Department is continuing its efforts to keep our community safe by detecting and deterring drivers from talking and texting on their cellphones.”
Funding for the campaign was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its success is likely to spark similar efforts from local law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego and the rest of the country as distracted driving has become one of the most common causes of serious and fatal accidents.
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