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CHP Cracks Down on Distracted Driving



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 30, 2011

If you are holding your cellphone and talking or… weaving in and out of your lane while eating a cheeseburger, the California Highway Patrol says it will be handing you a ticket.  Officer Adrian Quintero says the department got a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety and figured this weekend would be a good time to put that grant to use.

QUINTERO:  "The number one concern we get from members of the community every time we go to one of these meetings is 'What are you guys going to about it.  We see all of these individuals on the cell phones nowadays". It's a sense of complacency I think with a lot of these drivers now.  So, we're going to be very active.""

Quintero says officers will be focusing on handing out distracted driving tickets today and tomorrow.

He says officers have already handed out a half-a-million tickets statewide for violations of the hands-free law and nearly twelve thousand tickets for texting and driving. 
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