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This text just in: police to crack down on distracted driving today

In-car navigation and telephone dashboard mounted devices.
In-car navigation and telephone dashboard mounted devices.
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The California Highway Patrol is out in force today, cracking down on distracted motorists across LA County. With the federal government calling distracted driving an “epidemic,” police plan to write up every offender they see today and again on October 26. The CHP also tweeted “contrary to popular belief, a ticket for texting and driving or for not using a hands-free device is not $20, it’s $139.” Will this zero-tolerance enforcement day decrease distracted driving? Or will people just get even better at hiding their bad behavior?


Officer Mike Harris, Public Information Officer, CHP Southern Division