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CHP Issues 425 Tickets For 'Distracted Driving' in April

Citations were issued for using cell phones while driving and texting while driving, and others. One person was arrested for DUI.

 

The California Highway Patrol issued 426 tickets during April's "Distracted Driving" campaign month, up and down the Peninsula, from Millbrae to Mountain View.

More than 340 tickets were for using a cell phone while driving, said CHP Officer Arturo Montiel.

Twenty-nine tickets were issued for texting while driving and 53 for other distractions while driving. These included violating the Basic Speed law and making unsafe turns.

One driver stopped for using a cell phone and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Two were cited for being under the age of 18 and using a cell phone while driving.

Another 138 drivers got off with a warning about distracted driving.

The Redwood City Office's jurisdiction covers all interstate and state highways along a good part of the Peninsula south of Millbrae. Along Interstate 280, this extends as far south as Magdalena Avenue in Los Altos Hills. Along Highway 1, the district extends from Devil's Slide to Half Moon Bay. From west to east, that covers most of the Dumbarton Bridge to the first exit off the bridge.

The CHP joined with more than 280 other law enforcement agencies in the first statewide Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 

Citations issued during "Distracted Driving Awareness Month" by the Redwood City Office of the CHP in April:

April

Date      

23123(a) VC                      (Cell Phone)

23124(b) VC       (Cell Phone, under 18 use)

23123.5(a) VC    (Texting)

Other Distractions Citations Issued

Verbal Warning for  Distracted Driving Behavior / Violation

1

 

10

0

0

0

4

2

22

0

5

3

10

10

30

0

3

3

8

4

6

0

0

1

0

5

8

0

0

3

14

6

7

0

0

6

4

7

17

0

0

7

4

8

16

0

0

1

7

9

13

0

3

1

5

10

1

0

0

0

1

11

7

0

2

0

0

12

11

0

3

6

6

13

10

0

0

4

4

14

5

0

0

1

1

15

4

0

0

1

4

16

21

2

3

0

9

17

21

0

0

1

2

18

14

0

0

1

2

19

7

0

0

1

5

20

7

0

0

4

8

21

3

0

0

4

3

22

8

0

0

0

5

23

15

0

3

0

1

24

12

0

0

0

3

25

2

0

0

0

5

26

11

0

1

3

8

27

4

0

0

0

1

28

4

0

3

0

2

29

10

0

1

2

3

30

35

0

2

0

3

Subtotal

341

2

29

53

138

 

Additionally one driver was arrested for DUI when a cell phone stop was made.

Terri Cook May 14, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I participated in Bike to Work Day last week. As I was biking down Ralston Avenue, a car began drifting into the bike lane. I looked over and the driver was texting. He had his phone down by his side (probably so he couldn't be seen), which forced him to take his eyes off the road. I hollered at him but don't know if he heard me. His poor little dog in the back seat seemed to have apologetic eyes. People, please stop this behavior before you hurt someone. You've got 2,000 pounds of steel around you. I'm vulnerable on a bike.
Mike May 15, 2013 at 02:08 AM
CHP should use undercover cars to catch texters.I'm on the road all day for work.I see a good majority of people texting and driving.All ages.It is pretty out of control.The fine should be $1000. That would stop the majority of texters. I'm afraid it will take a bunch of tragic deaths before major action is taken.But this texting and driving thing is dangerous and out of control.

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