How often do you see drivers texting or talking with hand-held cell phones and wish they would be stopped and cited? As part of California’s first Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement in the Los Angeles area will be holding zero tolerance days for cell phone use and texting. A ticket for violating either the hands free or no texting law costs a minimum of $159, and subsequent tickets cost $279.
Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk, joining speeding and alcohol as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes. As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Burbank Police Department is increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. Starting April 4th and throughout the month, the Burbank Police Department will join over 225 local agencies plus 103 CHP Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements.
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” said Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting officers on the road with a zero tolerance approach to these violations. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?”