By Tony Bizjak
Law enforcement in the Sacramento region will launch a second round of targeted ticketing of distracted drivers next week, the state Office of Traffic Safety says.
The focus on drivers who talk on handheld cell phones or text is part of a $600,000 federal experiment to see if a series of focused ticketing events, along with public awareness announcements, succeeds in reducing the number of distracted-driving crashes on the road.
The targeted enforcement period will run from Monday through March 10. The California Highway Patrol and 37 local police agencies will participate.
The first phase of the program, in December, resulted in more than 3,000 citations issued in the region, between Vallejo and South Lake Tahoe.
"Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous actions you can take on our roadways," OTS Director Christopher Murphy said. "Handheld talking or texting on a cell phone while driving will no longer be tolerated. This 'Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other' campaign will offer a tough reminder to any drivers caught by law enforcement breaking the mobile-device laws."