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Dozens of drivers cited for using hand-held cellphones, texting in police crackdown

Texting_while_driving_2 Glendale police issued 66 citations to motorists over the weekend for using hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel. Another eight motorists were cited for texting while driving, while five others were cited for speeding and other road violations.

“It’s getting quite prevalent,” Sgt. Dennis Smith said of distracted driving. “I think we need to do something to stem the tide.”

In most stops during the operation, the motorists admitted to talking on the phone while driving. The motorists face a $145 fine for the citation.  The operation was funded through a $254,795 state grant aimed at decreasing the number of distracted drivers.

Police have also deployed electronic signs displaying the messages “Hang up and drive,” and “Talk, text, ticket,” on Brand Boulevard.

Continue reading: "Crack-down hits distracted drivers"

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CHP in Orange County cracks down on drivers violating hands-free cellphone law

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--Veronica Rocha, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News

Photo: Driver texting while driving in 2008. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
Comments () | Archives (27)

To those of you who think talking or texing while driving shouldn't be on a cops mind, tell it to the families of the train wreck caused by texing while driving. Would you try reading a book while you're talking on the phone? Only one of them can get your full attention, talking and driving same o same o
There license should be suspended for a year. At least innocent and unsuspecting people will have a better chance.

The only good news of the day! Many of us are sick to death of watching low-lifes puting others in jeopardy while they engage in illegal, destructive activity that is no less harmful than selling crack, or driving drunk! The minimum sentence should be a 10 day license suspension; second offense, 30 days public service; third offense, 60 days in county jail.

 
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