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Lake Elsinore Police Crack Down On Texting Drivers

“Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk."

The Lake Elsinore Police Department put out this warning Friday and said there will be “zero tolerance” for those who text or use hand-held devices while driving: “Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279.”

The stern message came as part of

“Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. As a result, law enforcement across the state, including The Lake Elsinore Police Department (is) increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the CHP conducting zero tolerance enforcements,” according to a Lake Elsinore Police Department news release.

"We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously," said Lake Elsinore Police Chief Dave Fontneau. "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?"

“Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver's reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver,” Friday’s news release stated.

“Studies show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in ” according to the release.

"Turn off your phone and put it out of reach as you get into the car," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "Think before you call or text someone. If there is a chance they may be driving, let it wait. It's not worth it."

UNCLE FESTER April 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
david---using the hands free device ? isnt that what its for ? byw-- for anyone out there who holds their phone like a walkie talkie or pizza tray, THIS IS NOT HANDS FREE YOU IDIOTS.. I HAD TO BUY A HANDS FREE-- so, instead of buying that 400 dollar, bitchen, extra cool, super duper, 4 g, gorilla glass, otter-boxed, movie screen phone, try a hands free.. then flap your silly lips all day long... as for the cops on the phones and texting, notice the little "e" on those plates... they are exempt from the law.... including running stop signs, parking in the red zones amungst numerous other things you and i get tickets for... but im with you on the other stuff.. all day on the road and these people are either too stupid or too lazy to even attempt to hide the phone.. in their left ear while driving and the others texting with both hands... i like to ride up their sides and waile on the horn ALOT... some have even told me to stop because they were on the phone !!!! the law only applies to those who abide by it. the others, are just waiting to get the memo....
UNCLE FESTER April 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
AGAIN------ NOTICE THE LITTLE "E" ON THE PLATES... EXEMPT FROM LAWS. THEY CAN AND WILL DO AS THEY PLEASE... AND STILL WRITE YOU A TICKET FOR DOING THE SAME THING THEY'RE DOING...
Jade April 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I hear you there! Im always seeing cops talking on the phone or txting while driving. So why are we being the only ones punished when they're supposed to be our role models.
UNCLE FESTER April 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM
makes no sense to me either. ive been talking on radios and phones for years and never had an issue with it but, with all the people doing it now with no other concerns but the rumor mills and idle chatter while theyre driving , i guess it needs to be stopped. too many of the 'guilty' drivers should not even be driving in the first place.. they cant even walk and chew gum at the same time..
Tonto April 08, 2012 at 06:40 PM
It won't be long in the Peoples Republic of California until fined for driving, maybe even walking, and chewing gum at the same time. This ain't just a "nanny" State. Its fast becoming a slave State :(

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