"Zero Tolerance" for texting and driving in SLO today

jhickey@thetribunenews.comApril 16, 2013 

Today is a “Zero Tolerance” enforcement day for distracted driving in San Luis Obispo. As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the San Luis Obispo Police Department will be partnering with other local agencies and actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones, without issuing warnings.

The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, more than 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use.

“Our objective as a community should be to do everything we can to avoid another tragedy attributed to distracted driving,” said San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesel, in a recent news release.

To avoid a distracted driving ticket or crash, police offer drivers the following tips:

• Turn off your phone and/or put it out of reach while driving.

• Include in your outgoing message that you can’t answer while you are driving.

• Don’t call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving.

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