CHP Issues 5,900 Distracted Driving-Related Citations To Drivers In The Bay Area Last Month

By: M. Whitney Jr. - Sun, 13 May 2012 23:52:29 -0800

      (BCN) -- Cell phone calls, texts and other distractions on the road earned  nearly 6,000 Bay Area motorists citations from the California Highway Patrol  last month, the CHP announced Friday.

      The 5,900 citations to drivers throughout the region came during  the CHP's "It's Not Worth It" campaign to remind the public of the dangers  distracted driving poses as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness  Month, according to CHP officials.

      "We were overwhelmed with the support here in the Bay Area," CHP  Chief Teresa Becher said in a statement. "Our allied law enforcement agencies  as well as many other public and private entities in the community stepped  forward to make a difference. Some made a pledge, others posted the message  on electronic signs or in front of businesses, and for those that would not  comply there was enforcement."

      Last month, the CHP issued roughly 30,000 citations statewide  related to distracted driving, officials said.

      Despite April's campaign, Becher said the CHP observed many  motorists engaging in unsafe distractions while driving.

      In one instance, an officer responding to a major injury accident  with emergency lights and siren on had to move around a vehicle that would  not change lanes.
      "The person was texting and never noticed the officer's presence,"  the chief said.

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