If You're Texting and Driving in Temecula, It's Going to Cost You, Police Say

Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place on April 3, 8, 17, and 22.

The following is a news release from the Temecula Police Department:

The Temecula Police Department, as part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, will be joining with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month-long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating handheld cell phones while driving. 

Officers will be on alert throughout the month for those who break the cell phone laws and place themselves and others in danger.  Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place on April 3, 8, 17, and 22. 

The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior.  The “It’s Not Worth It!” theme emphasizes that a phone call or text isn’t worth a hefty fine or a collision. 

The current minimum ticket cost is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.

“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” said Temecula Police Chief Jeff Kubel, “because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes. That text message or cell phone call is not worth someone’s life.”

Drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.  In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. According to research, sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.  Even a three-second glance at freeway speeds means a driver has traveled the distance of a football field.

Research shows that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and handheld cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road.  When over one third of your brain’s functioning that should be on your driving moves over to cell phone talking, you can become a cell phone “zombie.”

Tammi Howard April 03, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Ally, What about a guy eating a bowl of cereal? Yes I saw that!
Lala Brie April 03, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Yes, a dog on your lap is illegal. Since so many are doing it, I seriously doubt that the cops are ticketing for that offense. I would think that an obstruction such as that would be much more dangerous, especially since it can physically bump the steering wheel besides simply blocking your view, being a distraction and impeding your ability to operate the vehicle correctly. I wonder which ticket is worth more for revenue?
ChrisG April 03, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Not only these distracted driver violations we have far too many red light runners. It is rare not to witness someone running a red light while driving in town. Just yesterday afternoon I was on Rancho Calif. waiting for the light to change at the Margarita intersection. Across from me in the west bound lane a motorcycle traffic cop was waiting at the light. The left turn lanes got the green and of course someone in a large white pickup truck ran the light when it was red right in front of the m/c cop. Think he went after him? NOPE! That's a huge safety infraction. What the F*$K are these guys doing?
CB April 04, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Whenever im on the freeway, nearly every person i pass is glancing back and forth at their phone.
Jenimar April 04, 2014 at 03:07 PM
We just got back from vacation from the east coast. Their texting laws are posted on the highways, stating, 3 text fines and you loose your license. They have should have that here! ..The red light issue in Temecula is HORRIBLE! They should focus on that first!! My son and I were almost T-bone as a soccer mom in her minivan, deliberately ran a red light while looking at her dumb phone! Thankfully I was paying attention, as I had the green light to turn!


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