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More than 1,000 tickets for cellphone use this month

Posted: Friday, Apr 26th, 2013

A motorist demonstrates how she was using her handheld device while driving for California Highway Patrol officer Dave Moyer Wednesday in Santa Cruz where he pulled her over. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The Santa Cruz area California Highway Patrol has issued 1,077 citations so far this month as part of the third annual National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Lt. Scott Wood said officers wrote 112 tickets on Wednesday alone. Officers are focusing on safety education and awareness.

“The scope of the problem is shown by the fact that Santa Cruz CHP has issued over 1,000 such phone-user driver citations in April,” Wood said. “The CHP is devoted to saving lives and reminding drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

In 2012, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported nearly 450,000 handheld cellphone and texting convictions, with more than 57,000 tickets issued in April of that year.

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, an estimated 3,331 people died in 2011 due to collisions caused by distracted driving. 

For the complete article see the 04-27-2013 issue.

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