As part of this month’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Santa Ana Police Dept. will engage in a “zero tolerance” campaign focusing on driver’s that are texting or operating hand-held cell phones during the month of April, according to Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero’s blog.
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.
This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the 103 CHP Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements.
The Santa Ana Police Dept. is deploying traffic officers for cell phone enforcement during the month of April, however, there will be an emphasis on enforcement on the following dates:
April 4th, 2011
April 5th, 2011
April 24th, 2011
In related news, the National Safety Council has announced its support and promotion of April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, started last year by FocusDriven. Both organizations take a firm stance on banning cell phone use behind the wheel, including hands-free devices, and are asking organizations to help educate employees about the dangers of distracted driving.
According to NSC estimates, 12 times as many crashes involve cell phone conversations rather than texting. Throughout April, Americans are urged to consider the lives of others on the road and realize that cell conversations behind the wheel can wait. Posters and flyers are available for organizations to display and share with their employees.
The Council believes National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity for employers to implement or enhance cell phone policies to protect employees. NSC provides many resources, including a free Cell Phone Policy Kit, to help businesses get started.
Click here to read more about National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.