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Sheriff, CHP to Crack Down on Drivers Using Cell Phones

The crackdown will run from Monday through next Saturday.

Beginning Monday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol will crack down on motorists who use their cellphones to talk without hands-free devices or text while driving.

The crackdown will run from Monday through next Saturday, Feb. 18, according to a statement issued by the Sheriff's Department today.

Motorists caught talking without a hands free device or texting on their cell phones will receive a ticket that costs a minimum of $159 for a first offense and $279 for repeat offenders.

"We take distracted driving very seriously," sheriff's Lt. David Gilmore said. "Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting deputies and officers on the road to target offenders."

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.

-City News Service

G. Hoppah February 11, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Yes, they "take distracted driving" so seriously that they're willing to enforce these weak laws for one whole week, and let everyone know when they're starting and stopping the enforcement. Yes, very seriously.
Joe St. Lucas February 12, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Someone who knows something about the enforcement please answer, what does the sheriff do the rest of the year if they see someone driving and holding a cell phone to their head? Do they stop them, or is this not sufficient to stop someone? All I see is some big publicity gimmick to announce that they're going to finally enforce the law? When are they going to announce the "crackdown" on grade school kids riding bikes on the public streets w/o a helmet? If you have a law, enforce it 365 (or 366) days per year. Period.
G. Hoppah February 12, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Especially one like this. I drive a lot and can't even begin to count the times some selfish POS is weaving into oncoming traffic and off onto the shoulder as they yap away on their cell phone. These idiots are taking all our lives into their selfish hands. They should be jailed and have their cars impounded. ALL YEAR.
ben franlin February 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Does this law not apply to officers?
FionaM February 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM
The law exempts law enforcement.

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