CHP finds bigger problems during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Apr 3, 2014 6:25 PM

Each day thousands of people drive the streets of Chico, but they're not all focused on the road ahead.

In an effort to get more drivers to pay more attention, the California Highway Patrol is cracking down on distracted driving. It's all part of April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month: law enforcement's campaign to help stop those texting or using hand-held devices while driving.

“For instance this morning I stopped a gentleman who was shaving while driving,” said CHP public information officer Adriana Warner. “Not a cell phone violation, however, it is distracted driving.”

But some stops can lead to much more than just a simple cell phone violation. And that was the case when Warner stopped the driver of a black SUV for using an electronic device will driving near East Ave. Thursday afternoon

“I noticed there’s some marijuana in the center console,” Warner said to the driver who was later found to be a documented gang member.

The man was cited for distracted driving, lack of registration and possessing marijuana. Warner hopes stops like these help put more focus on the road ahead.


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