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Glendale police cite more than 80 drivers for illegal texting, talking on cellphones

More than 80 people were cited for talking or texting on hand-held cellphones while driving in south Glendale’s rush-hour traffic, police said.

Glendale police issued citations to 77 drivers who were talking on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Another six motorists got tickets for texting while driving during the Friday enforcement operation, he added.

“Most people do recognize that it is wrong,” Smith said.

Most drivers were cooperative with police and didn’t contest that they were talking or texting on the phone while driving, Smith said.

Police hand out more than 80 citations in rush-hour sting


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

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

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I think legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I just read that 72% of teens text daily - many text more 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook - even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.

I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences call ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

Erik Wood, owner

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80 drivers? that's all?

Make the fine $500.

wow now all we have to do is to get the police to follow the rules and may be the roads will be safe.this is a joke just a way to exhort money from the people.


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