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San Diego Law Enforcement Crack Down On Drivers Using Cell Phones

Above: Texting and Driving

Aired 2/21/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Lt. David Gilmore, San Diego County Sheriff's Dept., Traffic Coordinator

Brian Pennings, public affairs officer, California Highway Patrol


If you are in your car while you're listening to KPBS Midday, take a safe glance around at the drivers near you. Is anyone talking on a cellphone? Or texting a message? Chances are good that you'll see someone using a cellphone illegally as you drive around town today. Last week, the San Diego Sheriff's department teamed up with the CHP to conduct a Cellphone Crackdown. It's part of larger effort to address the dangerous issue of distracted driving.

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Avatar for user 'astrofan'

astrofan | February 23, 2012 at 9:12 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Note that the officer did not answer Maureen's questions about how dangerous it is to use a cellphone. He responded with a statistic about ANY type of conversation. By this logic it should be illegal to talk to a passenger in a car if it's just as dangerous as talking on a cellphone.

As we know it's not about safety--it's about making money for the state and local government. Need more proof--get his response to using a phone at a stoplight--they can cite the driver. Yeah there's a real danger there.

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tkterry | February 23, 2012 at 10:34 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps the latest episode of GLEE will exemplify awareness for the very real consequences of cell phone distractions.

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