Madera police will actively ticket drivers who text or use cell phones on April 3 and 16 as part of a Distracted Driving Awareness Month enforcement campaign.
More than 225 regional police agencies, plus the California Highway Patrol, are expected to conduct zero tolerance enforcement of existing laws against distracted driving. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings, according to Madera Police Sgt. Johnnie Smith. The minimum ticket cost is $159 and subsequent tickets cost at least $279.
“We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop some people from continuing to do it,” said Madera Police Chief Steve Frazier.
“This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell 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.”...