As part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Bay Area police will crack down on drivers who text on their phones or use handheld devices behind the wheel. According to the Newark Patch, over 200 law enforcement agencies will take part in the “zero tolerance” campaign.
As the Newark Patch reports, a survey conducted by the California Office of Traffic Safety revealed that in 2013, roughly 70 percent of drivers in California had either been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was texting or talking on a cell phone.
South San Francisco police said they would perform “high visibility enforcement operations” on people who text or use their cell phone while driving, while Santa Rosa, Pacifica and Petaluma police also said they would take participate.
According to the Newark Patch, the minimum ticket cost for this violation is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.