Police Will Be Cracking Down On Drivers Texting Or Making Hand-Held Calls Behind The Wheel

SOUTH GATE (CBS) — Law enforcement agencies throughout the Southland will be cracking down this week on people who send text messages or make calls on hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel as part of a campaign targeting “distracted drivers.”

The South Gate and San Gabriel police departments are among those participating in the campaign, which will run through April 18.

At minimum, a ticket will cost offenders $159 — with subsequent tickets costing at least $279, Sgt. Edward Perez of the South Gate Police Department said.

“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” South Gate Police Chief Randy Davis said. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern, that we are putting officers on the road to enforce zero tolerance. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?”

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  1. The Big Logic says:

    Wait a minute…this is Cali doing something rational? Jerry, say it isn’t so!

    1. grandma mildred says:

      More nanny state revenue generators in blue taking peoples hard earned money by gun point.

      Who are the gang members again?

  2. Tuth says:

    Make that money off the people LOL. Not only will they text and talk on the phone but they will looks for the cops while text and talk on the phone. After that law, let them brainwash you people on how bad it is it to talk to the person in the car with us. And we will be lik, OK, we are children, the politians are so right I will vote for him. Communism prevails and we are letting it happen. Listen up grown folls, once they exhoust the text law cuz seatbelts arent makigg the money anymore like it used to, they will make another law we will go along with, such as no talking at all in the car, or looking at you review mirror uneccessarily. So dont drink you coffee, fix your make up, adjust your radip or Ipod. Maybe it is time to stop preyting off the people to make a dollar, and really do some crime fighting.

    1. JC says:

      Learn how to spell please

      1. Tuth says:

        Make that money off the people LOL. Not only will they text and talk on the phone but they will be looking for the law enforcement personnel while texting and talking on the phone. After that law for the text and calls, let them brainwash you people on how bad it is it to talk to the person in the car with us in the vehicle. And we will be like we are children ans ay OK to the politians. To quickly agree they are so right I will vote for him. Communism prevails and we are letting it happen. Listen up grown folks, once they exhoust the text law because seatbelts are not making the money anymore like it used to, they will make another law we will go along with, such as no talking at all in the car, or looking at your rear view mirror uneccessarily. So do not drink you coffee, fix your make up, adjust your radio or Ipod. Maybe it is time to stop preying off the people to make a dollar for the politians, and really do some crime fighting LOL a little better JC? I was texting and driving lol

  3. Vanessa - yes I'm mexican says:

    And South Gate is filled with hispanic illegal aliens who 1) don’t have a license to drive and 2) don’t have insurance…point being when you officers notice this will you be towing away their salvaged vehicle? Of course not because CA is a pro illegal alien state. Gota love it.

  4. Rick says:

    Yeah, all the while you will see the same COPPER who wrote a ticket for a driver taliking on the phone while driving get in his black and white, not put on his seatbeat, dial his cell phone and talk away as he drives away in his quota machine.
    These are the same cops who will wait at a DUI checkpoint PROFLILING folks and then head directly to the local Cop Bar to get loaded and drive home while all of his Cop Buddies have his back.

    1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

      Almost a point there sir. Happens alot.

  5. Stevve says:

    Geez just do what I do. Put on your Bluetooth hands free earpiece and don’t worry about any of this nonsense.

  6. George says:

    Good. Hopefully they’re doing this all over LA.

  7. Voice of Reason says:

    Ok, but who will be cracking down on the local police when they are the ones talking on their cells phones and texting while driving?

  8. Trish says:

    I had a female Sheriff the other day, pull up at a red light and put her Sheriff car between me and the curb. I thought she was going to turn right, but when the light changed and we started to go, she went strait and almost hit me, I had to pull my car to the left, and all the while she was on the phone and never saw me. I bet if she would have hit me it would have been my fault!

    1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

      Oh she saw you alright. Just daring you to hit her. Dammit seargent…where you at?

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