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Patrols Stepped Up To Catch Texting Drivers



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 25, 2013

Maybe you've seen the graphic TV ads for the "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other" Public Service Announcements. People are using their cell phones while driving.

"We're running a lot of ads to let people know it's happening and convince them not to use their cell phones."

Chris Cochran is with the California State Office of Traffic Safety which is paying for two-weeks of extra enforcement with money from a $600,000 federal grant.  
 
"This is a special, pilot project by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration taking place just here in the Sacramento area - from Modesto to Marysville, Vallejo to South Lake Tahoe."
 
Cochran says in 2011 the state reported more than 460,000 handheld cell phone convictions…that's about 100,000 more than the year before.
 
A first-time ticket for talking on a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving is $159.
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