Press ReleaseWednesday, August 19, 2020
The Turlock Police Department Focuses on Distracted Driving Enforcement
Turlock, California – On August 24, 2020, the Turlock Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers that are violating the state’s hands-free cell phone law.
Under the law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while driving. This includes talking, texting or using an app.
“Distracted driving is a serious issue, but one that can be easily solved simply by putting the phone down,” Lieutenant James Silveira said. “That text, phone call, email or social media post can wait.”
A driver cell phone violation is subject to a $157 fine for the first offense.
Other distractions include eating, grooming, talking to passengers, using GPS, adjusting the radio, taking off a jacket, reaching for an object on the floor or navigating a vehicle’s in-dash touchscreen.
If you have an important phone call or need to program directions, pull over to a safe parking spot. Before driving, either silence your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach.
Funding for this distracted driving enforcement operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.
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This information is being released by Turlock Police Department Sergeant David Hall.
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Sergeant Michael Parmley
Office of Professional Standards
Turlock Police Department
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