Apart of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police aim to stop people from talking, texting, and using social media while on the road.
Last Saturday morning, motorcycle officers took up position on McHenry Avenue keeping an eye on traffic. Despite the police presence, officers regularly pulled over drivers using their phones.
Even though there have been laws prohibiting cellphone usage since 2008, distracted driving continues to increase. According to Modesto police, 60 to 70 percent of drivers are focusing on their phones when they should be paying attention to the road. Authorities attribute these statistics to a spike in social media popularity.
Drivers may think texting or Facebooking is harmless, but the effects are real. In the last six months Modesto has seen at least two fatal car accidents attributed to distracted driving.
If reports won’t convince people to stop, the police hope tickets will. In Modesto, tickets cost $171 for the first offense and then double for repeat offenses.
At the end of the day officers want people to be aware of their own actions. Holding a device while you’re behind the wheel, even on speakerphone, is illegal. You may think checking your phone at a stop sign is okay, but that too can have deadly consequences.
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