Chula Vista Police Cracking Down On Distracted Drivers
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Aired 12/5/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
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
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?"