14 drivers cited for distracted driving during one-day operation

Redlands Police enforce hands-free cell phone law 

14 drivers cited for distracted driving during one-day operation
Redlands Police Department cracks down on distracted driving. (Photo: FatCamera from Getty Images Signature)

REDLANDS, Calif. – Redlands Police cited 14 drivers during a distracted driving enforcement operation on Friday, April 5. 

Why it matters: California state law prohibits drivers from holding their phones or electronic devices while driving. The law, which has been in effect since 2008, applies to talking, texting or using an app. 

Details: Two drivers were cited for hands-free cell phone violations and 12 were cited for not stopping at a stop sign. 

Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine. Violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

What they're saying: “Despite repeated efforts to warn drivers about the hands-free cell phone law, some drivers continue to use their phones while operating a vehicle,” Cpl. Martin Gonzalez said in a press release from the city. “Our ultimate goal is to change behaviors that help make our roads safer.”

Moving forward: Officers suggest drivers pull over to a safe parking spot if they need to make an important phone call or program directions. Before driving, either silence your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided funding for this program.

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