The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is warning Angelenos that officers will be on the lookout for distracted drivers — mainly those who are texting or holding their cell phone while driving.
The increased enforcement is part of a month-long awareness campaign aimed at curbing texting while driving. Police say the bad driving habit is becoming more dangerous for you and others on the road.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month coincides with another driver safety awareness campaign taking place in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades. Safety on Sunset (SOS) is an initiative that also aims to curb bad driving habits along Sunset Blvd.
“The increased enforcement by LAPD officers will help underscore the serious nature of our campaign,” said Rosendahl. “The banners are a great start, and now paired with stepped up enforcement for the entire month, and people know we mean business!”
From now through the end of April, LAPD officers will actively ticket those texting or operating hand-held cell phones. Drivers who break the law will be cited with no warnings.
Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use.