April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the San Luis Obispo Police Department is cracking down on drivers using their cell phones.
In just one day, the department reports its officers issued 52 citations for violations of California’s hands-free cell phone law.
On April 9, the police department had extra officers on patrol, specifically looking for drivers on their phones. They plan to do it again on April 16.
Under state law, it is illegal to use a cell phone while holding it in your hand. Phones must be used in a hands-free manner, such as mounted on the dashboard, windshield, or center console.
First-time offenders face a fine of at least $162. A second offense can cost at least $285.
In 2018, the San Luis Obispo Police Department reports it issued a total of 1,141 citations to drivers using their cell phones.