Cops ticket 110 drivers in 6 hours for using cell phones

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Chula Vista police officers ticketed more than 110 drivers spotted talking or texting on hand-held devices during a six-hour citywide patrol, authorities said.

Officers hit the streets in search of distracted drivers at 4 p.m. Thursday. They stopped 140 vehicles before wrapping up the operation at 10 p.m., Chula Vista police Officer Brian Carter said.

Around 65 motorists were cited for talking on their phones while driving along with 45 others busted for texting and driving, according to the officer. Officers also cited two drivers for license violations and 18 others for various vehicle code violations.

Carter said Chula Vista police planned to conduct four similar operations in April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol, local police departments, the county sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies planned to ramp up their efforts to prevent distracted driving throughout the month.

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