California Highway Patrol officers have busted 302 motorists in Redwood City this month for driving while distracted, according to data released Tuesday.
More than half of the offenders were driving while talking on their cell phone.
“Driving a vehicle is a task that requires a driver’s full attention,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “The consequences of distracted and reckless driving are real. The moment we step into a vehicle, we have to ask ourselves if sending that text or dialing that phone number or any behavior that takes our focus off the road is worth the risk.”
Almost anything that distracts a person behind the wheel of a vehicle can lead to a ticket.
So far this month, 173 citations were issued for talking on a cell phone while driving; 19 tickets were given for texting while driving; 37 motorists were fined for failure to indicate lane changes and/or driving too fast.
More than half of these motorists lucked out, and received verbal warnings after their infractions.
The California Highway Patrol’s distracted driving awareness campaign will continue through the month of April.
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