Thousands of California police officers across the state will engage in a massive crackdown on drivers who talk or text on their cellphones while driving. The initiative comes after a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that 69 percent of U.S. drivers report talking on their cellphones while driving.
In California, the ban on talking and texting on handheld cellphones has been in effect for 5 years. Still, California officials see little decline in the incidents of cellphone use while driving. Last year, citations for talking on a cellphone while driving increased 41% from 2009. Texting citations have increased a shocking 640% since the texting ban became law in 2009.
The April crackdown has become an annual tradition in California since 2011. Last year, police issued nearly 61,000 citations in April for cellphone use while driving.
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