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Marin CHP Cites 526 for Distracted Driving in April

Driving while texting can even interfere with law enforcement, California Highway Patrol officials say.

Cell phone calls, texts and other distractions on the road earned approximately 5,900 Bay Area motorists citations from the California Highway Patrol last month, including 526 in Marin County, the CHP announced.

The 5,900 citations to drivers throughout the region came during the campaign to remind the public of the dangers distracted driving poses as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to CHP officials.

"We were overwhelmed with the support here in the Bay Area," CHP Chief Teresa Becher said in a statement. "Our allied law enforcement agencies as well as many other public and private entities in the community stepped forward to make a difference."

Last month, the CHP issued roughly 30,000 citations statewide related to distracted driving, officials said.

Despite April's campaign, Becher said the CHP observed many motorists engaging in unsafe distractions while driving. In one instance, an officer responding to a major injury accident with emergency lights and siren on had to move around a vehicle that would not change lanes. "The person was texting and never noticed the officer's presence," the chief said.

— Bay City News Service

carmen h. May 20, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I say arrest the criminals at Romar Apartments, First through Fourth Street, Windover Apts, Bayvista, Leafwood Apts and the Apts in Ignacio. Gang City.
janna nikkola May 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Way to go, CHP! I've observed so many distracted drivers who don't or won't stop at crosswalks, even when a pedestrian in crossing, and drivers who don't stop at stop signs while talking on their cell phones and who drive straight into 4-way intersections without "waiting their turn" because they're too distracted to see what's going on around them. I hate the phrase "multi-tasking" which many people pride themselves on, but multi-tasking while driving is not safe or cool -- it's dangerous and just plain stupid. I've decided I need to use my camera phone while I'm out walking in order to catch these distracted drivers so there's evidence of their dangerous and thoughtless behavior.

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