Distracted driving crackdown in Sacramento

| Thursday, December 29, 2011

Around Sacramento and other areas of California, the highway patrol says it’s going to conduct a crackdown on hand-held cell phones and texting on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, Dec. 30, there will be officers and volunteers with clipboards at several busy intersections in Sacramento. They’ll be conducting a survey of what kind of distracted activity they see in the vehicles passing by.

Violators face a $166 fine, and the Sacramento Bee reports the patrol has issued more than a half million cellphone tickets in the past three years. Only 12,000 texting violators have been cited.

“There are so many drivers who understand the dangers of distracted driving and focus their attention on the road instead of responding to a phone call or text message,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Unfortunately, many drivers still don’t understand the hazards, yet statistics has shown that traffic collisions caused by distracted driving are on the rise. This campaign focuses on these individuals.”

According to the Bee, officers will be watching in other areas all over the state but instead of ticketing, they’ll be gathering information for more studies.

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