165 Distracted Driving Citations Issued on April 1

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.

Funding for this and other traffic enforcement programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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