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Chula Vista Police Cracking Down On Distracted Drivers

Evening Edition

Aired 12/5/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Dr. Linda Hill, professor, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine, TREDS program director

Steve Bloch, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Automobile Club of Southern California

Transcript

Chula Vista police will be looking for drivers talking or texting on cell phones Tuesday and through the end of the month as part of "Distracting Driving Awareness Month."

Two operations to catch scofflaws are scheduled for later this week, police said.

Chula Vista police, the California Highway Patrol and more than 200 other law enforcement agencies have pledged zero-tolerance for drivers breaking the state's "hands free" cell phone law.

In two earlier distracted driver stings, 104 citations were issued for talking on a cell phone while driving, and another 24 drivers were ticketed for texting while driving. The minimum fine for a first-time violator is $161, and at least $281 for repeat offenders.

"We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously, because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes," Chula Vista police Chief David Bejarano said. "Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone's life?"

Comments

Avatar for user 'PatrickA51'

PatrickA51 | April 22, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. ― 6 months ago

Good for them.
The Chula Vista Police department needs to drive by or make a presence near or in front of every Public School and for that matter every School and watch the clowns called parents the way they drive while dropping of and or picking up their little darlings. They do not stop at stop signs and I have seen them drive past the School Safety monitors when the kids are there for crosswalk duty.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | April 23, 2014 at 7:15 a.m. ― 6 months ago

from what I observe, the ones on their phones are the least capable of driving even without being their phones.

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