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Police set sights on distracted motorists

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Sonoma police have issued a warning to Valley motorists – put down the cell phone, keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.

Throughout the month of April, officers on patrol will be targeting distracted drivers, particularly those using cell phones in defiance of the law.

An incomplete count as of Friday, showed police had ticketed 19 drivers for talking on their mobile phones, at least 10 drivers for texting, and those were only preliminary numbers.

Sgt. Spencer Crum, of the Sonoma Police Department, said the count will rise dramatically as records are updated, and he encouraged motorists to respect the law, which makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to use a cell phone in a car, even hands-free. Drivers over 18 can be fined in escalating increments from a first offense of $20. Penalty assessments can more than triple the fine.

 

  • Justincase Weego

    I think that it should be, that if caught a second time doing either texting or calling, it’s an automatic, no exceptions license suspension for one year. If we enforced our laws and rules to the extent of the law, and set examples of some people, this BS would stop. These people endanger our lives and think nothing of it. I have an idea for the next time I see someone doing it. ….
    Thanks for your time.

  • http://www.amillioncooks.com/ davecooks

    We should enforce and penalize distracted driving in the same manner as we pursue DUI. The negative outcome of both is the same.

  • Phineas Worthington

    Sheriff and police could train and deputize private citizens to assist them. This would have the added benefit of reducing the us/them dichotomy.