Texting behind the wheel or driving and talking on a hand-held cell phone are not just dangerous habits, they violate the law. California is sponsoring its first Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
Starting today, Burbank Police will be joining law enforcement agencies throughout the Los Angeles area in cracking down on texting and illegal cell phone use by motorists.
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” said Burbank police Chief Scott LaChasse in a press release. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting officers on the road with a zero tolerance approach to these violations. Is that text message of cell phone call really worth $159?”
That’s right, the first ticket will cost you $159 and as much as $279 for repeat offenses. It’s a smarter move to pull over to the side of the road and stop, before texting or picking up that cell phone.