Texting drivers will be targeted by SLO police this weekend

mfountain@thetribunenews.comApril 16, 2014 

As part of the Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, San Luis Obispo police officers will be specifically looking for motorists who are texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving over the next few days.

About 200 law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in a zero tolerance enforcement and education campaign throughout the month of April. San Luis Obispo police announced that between Thursday and Tuesday, they will hold “special high visibility enforcement operations” to cite cell phone law violators.

The current minimum ticket cost is $161 for a first offense and at least $281 for subsequent citations.

The department cites statistics that indicate drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to cause a crash than an average, law-abiding driver. In addition, according to the department, texting while driving can delay a motorist’s reaction time as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.

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