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SLOPD officers on the lookout for distracted drivers

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 15:18:27-04

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.