Cops Throughout Orange County Target Drivers Texting or Using Cell Phones Today

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The Orange County Sheriff's Department and the police forces of Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Santa Ana are among California law enforcement agencies targeting drivers who are texting or using their cell phones today. The special Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign continues this coming Tuesday as well as April 17 and April 22.

As part of the campaign, each previously cited department emailed the Weekly with messages that contain the exact same quote from a top department official, usually a police chief, so imagine your town's figurehead saying the following: "We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone's life?"

Yep, the current minimum ticket cost is $161, and the departments say they will be writing drivers up "without warning" during the campaign. Subsequent tickets cost at least $281, which combined with the risk of crashing due to distracted driving explains the theme, "It's Not Worth It!"

Last April, more than 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use, according to campaign organizers, who note there were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012.

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imgrammadee
imgrammadee

Are they going to be ticketing themselves as well?  I can't tell you the number of cops that I have seen talking on the phone and texting while ON THE JOB!

Sun King
Sun King

Until You Need One, Benjie!

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

it does not matter if it is cops or others. using cell phones and driving should be treated as attempted murder. If I were in charge and I saw you using a cell phone while driving, I would detonate an explosive under you that erased you from the planet. I mean, you SoCal drivers are already the dumbest fucking species on the earth without the distraction of cell phones.

James Stutsman
James Stutsman

emergency responders are exempt from this law unfortunately but that being said, I say crack down on these asshats who think they can multi-task behind the wheel! (^^^)

slop
slop

Good! Every single time I drive by someone that was being a nuisance on the road, as I pass them it turns out they were on their cell phone. And it's getting worse. While certainly not as bad as drunk driving, it's maddening!

Alex Cassidy
Alex Cassidy

I see cops using their cell phones and driving all the time. If this is really a safety issue instead of a revenue grab, what makes them so fucking special?

Chad Macy
Chad Macy

While I agree with ensuring drivers are not distracted, especially sharing the bloody OC roads as a semi-professional driver, there are a few things that have been OK to do whilst driving. To wit: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international/Drivers-Can-Read-Cellphone-Maps-California-Court-247644341.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_LABrand That being said, don't be a tool. When you're driving, just F'n drive. Pay attention. There are motorcycles & kids on the road with you.

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

Everybody hates the cops until someone shoves a gun in their face. All of a sudden even the cop haters want a cop there asap!

Gina Aspaturian
Gina Aspaturian

I saw a guy driving a big rig on the freeway texting this morning.

Amy Pirtle
Amy Pirtle

See Christa Peila...crack down! ;-)

Benjamin Shelley
Benjamin Shelley

COPS SUCK! Mostly. They will be driving around staring at porn on their laptops while "targeting" citizens.

Alix Toad
Alix Toad

good there was a lady stopped on my street on her phone while traffic was going all around her!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

We need a quote from 18usc241 in response.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

A $161 really isn't that much. This will not deter people especially when they know getting caught is a miniscule probability. Like with drinking and driving (an essentially unsolved problem for the past 69 years), there hasn't been a decent solution - social pressure and messages have only gone so far. Technology (and we're not talking about free apps that you can chose to not download) is probably the only way to seriously deal with these problems - still some kid in a dorm room in China will probably figure a way around them.


sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

and this is a great point


citizens review/ media should have access to all phone records etc



HOW ABOUT IT OC WEEKLY


FOIA to see who is making personal calls /texts while driving



officers should only do so when they have informed dispatch they are


on their own time

imgrammadee
imgrammadee

It's their "Do as I SAY, and NOT as I DO" mentality.  They ALL think they are exempt because THEY are wearing a uniform!

imgrammadee
imgrammadee

Most of the time it's the COPS that are shoving the guns in your face OR beating ppl to a pulp or worst case scenario -- KILLING people because "THEY WERE IN FEAR OF THEIR LIVES."

roman_archer
roman_archer

You're not too far off on that one Ben. There's a great YouTube video of a driver videotaping a police officer driving around in a marked cruiser playing video poker on his vehicles computer.

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