Heads up! Distracted driving awareness month kicks off

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A phone is held in a car. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

A phone is held in a car. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Police Department will team with other agencies in a monthlong “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign designed to curb texting and operating hand-held cellphones while driving.

Special enforcement operations to cite cellphone violators will take place Thursday, April 8, April 17 and April 22.
The minimum ticket costs $161 with subsequent tickets going up to at least $281.

Studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction as severely as a legally drunken driver. It takes about 4.6 seconds to write and send a text, during which time a driver on a freeway will have traveled the distance of a football field.

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