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Crime Alert: Crackdown on distracted drivers

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... Read More →

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Texting against the law for California drivers

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank The reckless and foolish habit of texting and driving is now against the law in California as of yesterday, January first. The ban includes being stopped in traffic, at a stop sign or signal light. Since there is no grace period with this new law, the crackdown is in full force right now. To that I say Yiippee!  The fines appear to be light with the first offense at $20 and $50 for future violations, however according to the DMV website, additional... Read More →

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Emergency cell phone ban for train crews

Google Image In light of that disastrous train collision last Friday, state regulators have taken quick action to ban cell phones for some train employees. National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the Metrolink commuter train engineer was text messaging during his shift on the day of the crash. Yesterday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to immediately impose an on- the-job ban on wireless devices for engineers, conductors, and brakemen. The only exceptions; permission granted by superiors, emergencies or when the train is stopped. If those crew members are caught violating that ban, their employers could be... Read More →

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Drivers beware! Hands off those cell phones

Motorists whizz through the intersection of Main Street and Alameda Avenue in Burbank. Starting today, holding a cell phone to your ear and driving will be against the law. California joins five other states requiring hands-free phones while behind the wheel. If you get caught, the general fine is $20 for the first time and $50 for any repeats. California legislators signed the law in 2006, but gave consumers time to get used to the change and to buy the hands-free phone technology for their vehicles. Another new... Read More →

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