The San Luis Obispo Police Department has extra officers on patrol Friday looking for distracted drivers, specifically those that are violating the state's hands-free cell phone law.
According to the law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while driving. This includes talking, texting or using an app.
Starting this July, a violation for using a handheld cellular phone or texting while driving will result in a fine and add a point to the driver's record for each violation occurring within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense.
Funding for the distracted driver enforcement operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.