Crime

Distracted Driving Campaign Coming

By Aaron Blevins, 4/05/2012

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As part of the Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be offering “zero tolerance” to those texting or operating hand-held cell phones on April 18.

Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279.

Law enforcement across the state, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This month, more than 225 local agencies plus the California Highway Patrol will be conducting zero tolerance enforcements.

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves, according to the sheriff’s department. Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.

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