Highway patrol cracks down on cell phone use

Imperial Valley

Highway patrol cracks down on cell phone use

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EL CENTRO, CA (KSWT News 13) - April is right around the corner and for the California Highway Patrol, that means issuing more tickets. It starts on April Fool's Day, but this is no joke.

April is "National Distracted Driving Awareness Month" and the CHP is cracking down on people using their cell phones while driving.

In Imperial County, CHP officers say taking a phone call, texting - or even going on Facebook while driving - is against the law.       

"Another thing we want to remind people is even if you're stopped at a light or stopped at a stop sign, you still cant use your cell phone," says CHP Officer Ernesto Ruedas, "you're still driving, you're still in your vehicle. You need to pull over completely and stop your vehicle before it'll be ok for you to use it." 

They would also like to remind drivers that distracted driving is not only dangerous - but also expensive.  

A first-time offense can cost you up to $159. A second offense doubles and the price continues to increase thereafter.


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