Redwood City police operation targeting distracted driving

Redwood City police operation targets distracted driving

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The Redwood City Police Department is in the midst of an enforcement operation focusing on drivers suspected of violating the hands-free cellphone law.

A California Office of Traffic Safety grant via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funded the enforcement operation, which began Monday, April 3 and will run through Monday, April 10.

It is unlawful to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle, including talking, texting or using an app, according to police. Violators face a fine. A second violation within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense results in a point being added to a driver’s record.

“A driver’s focus should be on the road, not their phone,” said Redwood City police Sgt. Richard Santiago of the Traffic Division. “That text, phone call, email or social media post is not worth the risk to yourself and other people on the road.”

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