PASADENA, Calif.—On Monday, April 1, officers assigned to Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a distracted driving enforcement program throughout the city. Officers were on the lookout for motorists who were texting while driving or failing to use a hands-free system while talking on a cell phone.
The California Vehicle Code prohibits texting while driving, and motorists must use a hands-free system when talking on a cell phone while driving. Examples of this are in-car Bluetooth systems that connect to a cell phone held in place by a cup holder or other device, such as a dashboard mount, designed to keep a phone secure. The ways a cell phone can be secured are limited only by the imagination; however, the method must be 100% hands-free.
Texting and holding a cell phone in hand while driving are just two of the dangers associated with distracted driving. In January of 2016, Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section investigated a fatal collision directly related to distracted driving. A motorist was watching a music video on his cell phone and failed to see a red signal, resulting in a collision which killed two people—a grim reminder that distracted driving can be deadly!
Officers conducted enforcement at various locations on April 1, which ran from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program netted a total of 165 citations, 89 of which were for texting and driving. Twenty-four people were cited for failing to use a hands-free device while talking on a cell phone. Fifty-two people were cited for other violations observed by officers during the operation, and one person was found to be driving while unlicensed.
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