Law enforcement cracking down on cell phone use while driving
Safe driving tips
• Turn off your phone and/or put it out of reach
• Include in your outgoing message that you can’t answer while you are driving
• Don’t call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving
For more information on distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov/sacramentoregion
The California Office of Traffic Safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California Highway Patrol and 37 law enforcement agencies across the greater
The effort is a pilot program using the region to test tactics that may be employed nationally in the future. The Office of Traffic Safety was awarded $600,000 in federal funds for these special high visibility law enforcement operations, which will occur at intervals over the next eight months.
Beginning Nov. 30 and lasting through Dec. 9, law enforcement in the
“Talking or texting on a cell phone while driving is one of the most dangerous actions you can take on our roadways,” Office of Traffic Safety Director
Distracted drivers talking on a hand-held cell phone or texting will receive a first-time ticket costing a minimum of $159, with a second offense costing $279. But the goal of the special enforcement operation is not to issue tickets, but to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.