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50 Nabbed in San Carlos for Distracted Driving

Friday night was a busy one in San Carlos for the sheriff's motorcycle enforcement unit.

 

Law enforcement in San Carlos conducting traffic enforcement Friday night issued more than 50 citations to distracted and speeding drivers, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Members of the sheriff's motorcycle enforcement unit issued the citations for violations such as speeding and running stop signs, as well as turning violations and using a cellphone while driving.

The traffic crackdown targeted locations throughout the city selected because of their number of complaints or accidents and vehicle volume. The enforcement comes at the close of the California Highway Patrol's month-long statewide Distracted Driving Awareness Month, in which the San Carlos Police Bureau participated. April is also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

--Bay City News

Rob Chapman April 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I wish every city would do this. 50 citations in one night at only a few locations? That means there were hundreds more driving while distracted in San Carlos alone. Imagine the number for the whole county. Thousands. I constantly see people turn without looking, run through stop signs, and use cell phones here in San Bruno. Put the damn phone away, people.
Katie April 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I agree. We are too addicted to our cell phones, and punishment must be severe enough to start making a difference.
Andy Best May 02, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I don't know why we need special days to do these patrols. These 'distracted drivers' can cause real harm. If we are serious about enforcement - we need enforcement as often as possible. People know their chances of being stopped are slim. If word gets around the enforcement is serious that can change.
joe May 04, 2012 at 01:47 AM
what I don't understand is why the penalties for texting or talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle aren't equivalent to drunk driving?

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