The California Highway Patrol cited hundreds of people, from Modesto to Bakersfield, for distracted driving violations during seven days of enforcement in the Central Valley.
The citations were issued as part of two enforcement operations, according to a CHP news release.
The first, “Operation No Cell Phones Around Schools,” was conducted from Aug. 25 through Aug. 29. CHP officers cited 172 drivers who were talking on their cell phones, 19 drivers who were texting, and 32 with other distracted driving violations.
The second enforcement effort, “Operation Cell Free Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” took place during Labor Day weekend. Officers cited 305 drivers who were talking on their cell phones, seven drivers who were younger than 18 and talking on their cell phones, 39 drivers who were texting and 54 with other distracted driving violations. Two drivers caught talking on their cell phones were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the CHP said.
The enforcement was funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety.