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Lompoc police stepping up distracted driving enforcement patrols in August

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 16:29:38-04

Lompoc police will step up patrols in August looking for distracted drivers.

The Lompoc Police Department says while there are many forms of distracted driving, cell phones are the top distraction.

Drivers found violating California's cell phone law by using a non-hands-free device could face fines.

in 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 3,450 people were killed due to distracted drivers.

"Using the phone should be the last thing a driver focuses on. Text messaging, phone calls, emails, pictures, videos or social media posts can all wait. None of these things are worth risking your life and the lives of other drivers and passengers around you," Lompoc police said in a press release.

Funding for Lompoc PD's increased enforcement is being paid for through a California Office of Traffic Safety grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.