Today, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, officers in San Luis Obispo will participate in the second of two “Zero Tolerance” enforcement days. Throughout the month of April, as part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the San Luis Obispo Police Department will be partnering with OTS and other local agencies and actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones.
Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!”
“Our objective as a community should be to do everything we can to avoid another tragedy attributed to distracted driving,” said San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell. “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of mobile phone use while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.”