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CHPD Joins Crackdown on Texting while Driving

Police“Zero tolerance” is what the Citrus Heights Police Dept. is promising, as it joins a month-long enforcement and education campaign to curb hand-held cellphone use while driving.

The campaign is part of April’s nationwide “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” and seeks to emphasize that phone calls and texts aren’t worth the risk of getting into an accident and endangering ones self or others, according to a press release by CHPD.

The National Safety Council estimates that over 275,000 cellphone-involved crashes have occurred this year, and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that drivers using their phones are four times more likely to get into an injury collision.

The minimum ticket cost for drivers violating a cellphone law is $161, but repeat violator’s can see tickets over $281, according to CHPD.

The California Highway Patrol and several hundred local law enforcement agencies have also joined the month-long campaign.

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