April 2014 is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, California's San Diego Sheriff's Department announced today.
Any California driver that texts or uses a hand-held cell phone can cause a crash that leads to serious injuries or even death. Drivng while using a cell phone can be more dangerous than drunk driving.
San Diego's Sheriff's Department will have a "zero tolerance" policy toward drivers caught using a hand-held cell phone, attorneys are told. San Diego California DUI Deputies will dispatch special distracted driving enforcement patrols across the county on April 3rd, April 8th, April 17th and April 22nd, lawyers report.
One can view a California public safety video on the dangers of distracted driving by following the San Diego Sheriff's Department on YouTube: http://goo.gl/GE3GX. Put the phone in the trunk if drinking, DUI lawyers remind.
If you are stopped for violating California's cell phone laws, you will be cited and face a minimum fine of $161 plus court fees with subsequent violations being higher.
California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) claims drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
"We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously," said Sheriff Bill Gore. "Sheriff's Deputies are always on the lookout for drivers who are texting or using hand-held phones to prevent accidents that could seriously hurt people. DISTRACTED DRIVING: IT'S NOT WORTH IT!"