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Sheriff Cracking Down on Cell Phone Distracted Driving

The weeklong campaign targeting motorists who talk without hands-free devices or text starts Monday.

Beginning Monday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol will crack down on motorists who use their cell phones to talk without hands-free devices or text while driving.

The crackdown will run from Monday through Saturday, Feb. 18, according to a statement issued by the sheriff's department today.

Motorists caught talking without a hands-free device or texting on their cell phones will receive a ticket that costs a minimum of $159 for a first offense and $279 for repeat offenders.

“We take distracted driving very seriously,” sheriff's Lt. David Gilmore said. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting deputies and officers on the road to target offenders.”

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.

-City News Services

Ed Sorrels February 10, 2012 at 07:56 PM
If they (The Sheriff's) take this law so seriously why haven't they been doing this since this law passed, As usual they enforce their interpatation of the laws at their discretion. We need our own police Dept. as we had in times past, I would hazard a guess that if we did so sand castle day's would not have died!
Terry Klinker February 11, 2012 at 03:18 PM
My mother-in-law was killed in a head-on car crash. The other driver was texting while driving and drifted into the oncoming lane. I applaud this law and its enforcement.
Rick February 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Good for the Sherriff and the CHP for ENFORCING this law. I drive a great deal for a living and I can tell you I see other drivers yakking away, texting, dialing etc., with absolutely no regard for anyone. They drift, they speed and then slow down, they forget their exit and cut off others trying to get there ... turn the phone off or spend a few bucks and get it hands free. Hands free is a whole lot cheaper than a ticket.

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