H-CENTRAL VALLEY

Sep 20, 2010 3:40 PM

CHP to start 48-hour texting crackdown on drivers

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in the Central Valley will be cracking down on drivers who are texting and chatting away while holding their cell phones.

The California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies in Stanislaus, Merced and Tuolumne Counties will begin a 48-hour "zero-tolerance" campaign starting just past midnight Tuesday.

CHP spokesman Eric Parson says far too many motorists still are not following the rules barring texting behind the wheel and talking without using a hands-free device.

Rick Armendariz, a Modesto police spokesman, says many still drive without using a hands-free device despite fines of $20 to $50.

Armendariz says the fines are even higher when factoring in
administrative costs.

The crackdown ends Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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