In an effort to persuade motorists that it is a bad idea to text or operate hand-held cell phones while driving, the Grover Beach Police Department will actively ticket those engaged in either endeavor during April.
In a news release, the department said distracted drivers will receive no warnings. They will instead receive citations, which begin at $159.
Last April, the department said, more than 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-heldcell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012.
Drivers who use hand-held devices, the department continued, are four times as likely to get into serious crashes.
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Grover Beach joins 225 other law enforcement agencies across the state, including the California Highway Patrol, in cracking down on distracted driving. They have declared April “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.”