70 ticketed in 5-hour crackdown on distracted drivers

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Chula Vista police issued more than 70 citations during patrols aimed at curbing talking and texting on hand-held cell phones while driving, authorities said.

Officers fanned out throughout the city between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday in search of distracted drivers, according to a Chula Vista Police Department statement.

Of the more than 80 vehicles stopped during the patrols, 54 drivers were cited for talking on a cell phone while driving and 19 others were ticketed for texting, the statement said.

Seven drivers with a suspended license or without a license were also cited, and three of their vehicles were impounded, police said. Citations were also issued for a red light violation and one for driving without insurance .

The patrol was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


  • guest

    Thank you CVPD! I wonder why San Diego PD doesn't do more of the same? CVPD must've made around $10k in that 5 hour crackdown. If the SDPD needs more revenue to hire more police officers, this is great way to do it. There are people who must be more than happy to support the CVPD because they KEEP driving without licenses/insurance, driving while on the phone, and driving while drunk.

  • offramp

    Actually, the police normally get little and often nothing from the tickets they write. Cities get a little, counties get some, the courts get a pretty good share for building, operating and security, emergency medical services get some for cleaning up after crashes, the State gets some, there is some for getting DNA samples from those in jail, and the list goes on. But, hey, I don't care where it goes, if it works.

  • Fred

    SDPD should do this in downtown at 5pm and see all of the morons leaving downtown on their phones. It would be like shooting fish in a basket but the SDPD aren't that smart as they have shown multiple times in the past!!!!!!!!!

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