Pleasant Hill Police To Crack Down On Texting Drivers
PLEASANT HILL, Calif. —
Pleasant Hill police will be taking extra steps in April to make sure that motorists are focused on the road as part of the Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign.
About 225 police departments statewide are working with the California Highway Patrol and the state's Office of Traffic Safety to raise awareness about the issue.
"Cell phone use and texting while driving is a serious concern that merits attention and enforcement. We are trying to make the roadways safer for everyone," Pleasant Hill Police Chief Pete Dunbar said in a statement.
Drivers using handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashes involving serious injuries, and motorists under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, police said.
Text messaging while driving can delay reaction time as much as driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police.
Police are planning maximum enforcement days for April 4, 5, 14 and 28, and will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to any driver using a handheld device.
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