During the first wave of the Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other enforcement crackdown in 2012
from November 30 through December 10, the California Law Enforcement cited 3,008 drivers for texting
or talking with a hand-held cell phone.
In April 2012 during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, California Law Enforcement issued over 57,000 citations to California drivers for using a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving.
California Law Enforcement issued 460,487 citations in 2011 for hand held cell phone use.
California has primary laws that prohibit ALL drivers from texting, or using a handheld cell phone while driving unless they employ a hands-free device. Having a “primary law” means that an officer can ticket the driver for the offense without any other traffic violation taking place.
Although no state bans all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for all drivers, California prohibits ALL cell phone use for the following drivers:
• Minors/drivers under 18 years of age (under a secondary law an officer can only give you a ticket if you have been pulled over for another driving violation)
• School bus drivers (primary law)
Remember, law enforcement WILL be enforcing cell phone and texting laws.
Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.