Nearly 3,000 drivers were caught breaking cell phone rules during a crackdown in and around Sacramento County.
California was one of two states to receive grants for high-visibility law enforcement pilot programs to squelch motorists’ hand-held cell phone use and texting. Office of Transportation Spokesperson, Chris Cochran, explains the program’s purpose.
The California program, dubbed “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other,” was conducted in eight counties ranging from Modesto to Marysville and Vallejo to South Lake Tahoe. The crackdown occurred from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9.
The majority of the ticket-writing agencies include: the California Highway Patrol (404 tickets), followed by police departments in Roseville (292), and Sacramento (231). Local cities that made the list include Marysville with 77, Yuba City 45, Rocklin 37, Colfax 25, and Auburn with 22.
The second of three periods of concerted efforts focused on catching cell phone scofflaws will occur Feb. 25 through March 10.
The state hopes to see a drop in cell phone use violations as the studies move forward.