Thousands of Area Drivers Cited During Distracted Driving Campaign

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Remember those commercials and billboards with the slogan “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other”?

Well, the California Office of Traffic Safety has released their numbers for the Sacramento region on how many people have been cited for distracted driving during that campaign – and the numbers are somewhat staggering.

Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9, 2,923 drivers were cited. Officials note that the number would have been higher, but weather hampered enforcement attempts.

With the cost of a first-time ticket for distracted driving being a minimum of $159, that means area residents accounted for at least $464,757 in fines. Taking into account that second offenses for distracted driving cost $279, that total could be much higher.

According to 2010 Department of Transportation numbers, over 3,000 people have been killed as a result of distracted driving crashes.

More special enforcement operations are scheduled for Feb. 25 to March 10 of next year.

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  • vera95608

    It is about time! I don't drive much, but every time I'm on the road I see people on the phone, talking, texting etc. Every third or fourth driver is on the phone! My gosh, how did we ever survived to this stage in civilisation without being on the phone alll the time?

  • Phedra

    I'm so happy to hear they are finally cracking down on distracted drivers!! I don't drive much either but it scares the heck out of me when I see vehicles on both sides of me with both drivers on the phone. They aren't paying any attention to where they are going and are oblivious to the traffic around them. I hope they keep on doing this – it will teach people how to obey the laws and put some money in the city coffers at the same time!