SLO Police to have extra officers enforcing distracted driving laws Friday
Drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while driving
– On Friday the San Luis Obispo Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers that are violating the state’s hands-free cell phone law. Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle. This includes talking, texting, or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine. Violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.
“A driver’s focus should be on the road, not their phone,” Sergeant Jeff Booth and the San Luis Obispo Police Department said. “That text, phone call, email or social media post is not worth the risk to yourself and other people on the road.”
Other distractions include eating, grooming, talking to passengers, using GPS, adjusting the radio, taking off a jacket, reaching for an object on the floor or navigating a vehicle’s in-dash touchscreen.
If you have an important phone call or need to program directions, pull over to a safe parking spot, reminds SLOPD. Before driving, either silence your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.