Mar 19, 2014 3:55 PM
April is Distracted Driving awareness month and as a result local law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be cracking down hard on texting and driving.
The Redding California Highway Patrol and more than 200 other law enforcement agencies will execute a month long zero-tolerance enforcement and education campaign to stop texting or operating a handheld phone while behind the wheel.
In Redding special high visibility enforcement operations will be set up to cite cell phone violators on April 3, 8, 18, and 22.
The increased enforcement aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving.
The current minimum cost of a cell phone ticket is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously said Redding acting commander David Peterson in a press release, “because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone’s life?”
Drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. In addition studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.