During the month of April, Rancho Cucamonga Police Department Deputies will be targeting motorists violating California’s distracted-driving law. The law prohibits using a cell phone to text, call or manipulate it’s functions while driving. The phone must be affixed to the vehicle, and may be operated in a hands-free mode using voice activation.
“Using a hand-held phone for calls, texting, or apps while driving is something we all know is dangerous and illegal, but too many drivers are doing it anyway. So when we see it, we show zero tolerance,” said Rancho Cucamonga Police Department Traffic Deputy Alex Zapata
“Distracted driving kills too many people for us to ignore the facts and pretend it is okay—it is never acceptable to text and drive,” said Zapata. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 3,477 people were killed nationwide, and another 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.
Offenders caught texting and driving will face a minimum fine of $162, and higher for a second violation. This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Refer: Deputy Alex Zapata
Station: Rancho Cucamonga Station