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Police survey finds problems with drivers texting, talking on cellphones

January 23, 2011 |  8:23 am

Standing on a busy street corner, Glendale Police Officer Mathew Bolton spotted at least 12 motorists illegally using cellphones — and all within 60 seconds.

The count was part of an undercover survey of distracted drivers Wednesday on Brand Boulevard and California Avenue, in which roughly 10% of motorists were spotted doing something illegal while at the wheel.

Dressed in street clothes, Bolton stood on the corner and yelled out "texting," "phone" and "talking" at a rapid pace as another officer noted the results.

Offenders weren't cited as part of the survey that will help assess Glendale's traffic-safety issues. That day, Bolton and three other traffic officers counted 800 vehicles in two surveys, of which 61 motorists were illegally talking on a cellphone and 24 were texting. Another driver was seen with a dog on her lap.

Read the full story here.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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