Grover cracking down on distracted drivers

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.

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.”