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Officers Crack Down on Driving with Cell Phones

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In two weeks, local law enforcement officers will join the California Highway Patrol in cracking down on drivers who have cell phones in their hands.

“It’s just as bad as drinking while driving,” said Officer Adrian Quintero, with the CHP.

In the third wave of enforcement this year, more than 100 local law enforcement agencies will spend two weeks next month on the roads, writing as many tickets as possible.

Tickets for having a cell phone in your hand while driving recently went up to $174.

The Sacramento region was selected by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration for the federally funded program to keep drivers from using their phones. Extra patrols will last two weeks, starting in June.

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  • AlexanderGolfer

    “It’s just as bad as drinking while driving,” said Officer Adrian Quintero, with the CHP.

    …….than arrest them!!!!!!! Just as you would if they're suspected of drinking-and-driving. (a $174 fine is not deterring anyone)

    Until they start arresting people we'll know Law Enforcement isn't taking this seriously.

  • Retired CHP STO

    Either Officer is an idiot or opened mouth before engaging brain. What has become of the CHP?