SLO Conducting City-wide Distracted Driving Safety Operation – The San Luis Obispo Police Department has announced that on Monday, there will be a citywide operation against distracted driving.
The SLO police department say, it will focus on drivers suspected of violating the hands-free cell phone law that states “drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle.”
It is possible to use a cell phone hands-free while driving by conversing, sending texts, or utilizing an app.
According to the SLO police department, there will be a fine for using a portable cell phone while operating a vehicle. If a driver is found guilty of breaking the hands-free law a second time within 36 months of a previous conviction, their record will be marked with one point.
“A driver’s focus should be on the road, not their phone,” Sgt. Evan Stradley said. “That text, phone call, email or social media post is not worth the risk to yourself and other people on the road.”
SLO Police advise drivers to pull over to a safe parking space, especially to make crucial phone calls or to check directions, in order to avoid fines, jail time, or a possible traffic incident.
Additionally, the SLO police department advises putting your phone away or on silent before you start driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, via the California Office of Traffic Safety, has granted funding for this program.