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Apr 1, 2013 12:02 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Distracted Driving Awareness Month starts Monday

The San Luis Obispo Police Department kicks off their Distracted Driving Awareness Month Monday.

They're partnering up with local agencies to ticket people who are using cell phones while driving.

Officers are also holding two "Zero Tolerance" days where they will not issue any warnings to people who are driving while using a cell phone. The first "Zero Tolerance" day will be on Wednesday.

The current minimum ticket is $159 and subsequent tickets cost at least $279.

Last April, law enforcement officials issued over 57,000 tickets statewide.

Nationally, officials estimate 3,331 people died as a result of distracted driving in 2011.

"Our objective as a community should be to do everything we can to avoid another tragedy attributed to distracted riving," said San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell, "This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of mobile phone use while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road."

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