5,900 motorists in Bay Area cited for cell phone violations last month, CHP reports

State police issue 30,000 tickets statewide related to distracted driving

Cell phone calls, texts and other distractions on the road earned nearly 6,000 Bay Area motorists citations from the California Highway Patrol last month, the CHP announced Friday.

The 5,900 citations to drivers throughout the region came during the CHP's "It's Not Worth It" campaign to remind the public of the dangers

distracted driving poses as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to CHP officials.

"We were overwhelmed with the support here in the Bay Area," CHP Chief Teresa Becher said in a statement. "Our allied law enforcement agencies

as well as many other public and private entities in the community stepped forward to make a difference. Some made a pledge, others posted the message on electronic signs or in front of businesses, and for those that would not comply there was enforcement."

Last month, the CHP issued roughly 30,000 citations statewide related to distracted driving, officials said.

Despite April's campaign, Becher said the CHP observed many motorists engaging in unsafe distractions while driving.

In one instance, an officer responding to a major injury accident with emergency lights and siren on had to move around a vehicle that would not change lanes.

"The person was texting and never noticed the officer's presence," the chief said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Cindy
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

It's not enough! Tickets should be issued to cops who are on cell phones when driving too!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on May 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

Simple solution. If you are involved in an accident your cell records are checked at the scene. If you were using the phone your insurance company can force YOU to pay for all damages to both parties, including medical and other settlements. Make cell users financially responsible for all costs associated with the accident, including emergency responders.
Time to get these entitles morons off their phones or out of their cars.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

I am surprised it is only 5900. It seems like 1 out of 3 drivers I see are on the phone any time I look.

It seems like cell phoning and texting is an addiction. What can be so important that can't wait until the car is stopped?

Some people would probably go for the idea of having their phones surgically attached to their ears.

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Posted by Trevor Tooze
a resident of Livermore
on May 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

I wholeheartedly agree with Jim's comments. Addiction is a good word to use. As a driver on city streets, you have to be careful of these idiots, who walk off the sidewalk, or coming from the store in parking lots, with their head bowed low, while texting.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Cindy, police officers are immune to the law during the course of their duties.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I've got no reason to use my phone in the car because the only people I've got anything to say to while I'm driving are usually right in front of me.


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Posted by Onus Onyou
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Let's double that, no triple it. No get everyone off the road that uses cell phones while driving. It is dangerous and as deadly as drunk driving.

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Birdland
on May 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

how about eating and driving? I almost got hit by a moron today that swerved into my lane on Hopyard because she was eating a cup of ice cream using a spoon. In the 45 MPH area, middle lane, going 30 MPH and swerving into both the lanes on either side of her. MORON.

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Posted by me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

LOVE Mike's comment!

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