Texting Behind the Wheel? More Officers Will Be Watching In April For Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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San Diego police will be on the lookout for preoccupied motorists during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. Photo credit: nara.getarchive.net/

The San Diego Police Department will mark Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April by cracking down on those violating the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

The agency, while encouraging drivers to give the phone a break and keep their eyes on the road, will have additional officers on patrol specifically looking for drivers engrossed in their phones.

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle. This includes talking, texting or using an app.

Operating a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine. Violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

“A driver’s focus should be on the road, not their phone,” Officer Anthony Obrego said. “That text, phone call, email or social media post is not worth the risk to yourself and other people on the road.”

For those with an important phone calls to take or who are in need of directions, pull over to a safe parking spot to perform the tasks, the SDPD advised. Before driving, either silence the phone or put it where it can not be reached.

In addition, the California Highway Patrol will pay closer attention on select days this month, citing more distracted drivers as part of statewide enforcement campaigns. The operations will take place on Thursday and then April 20.

Funding for distracted driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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