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

March 8, 2011 |  7:24 am

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.

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