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Police Cracking Down During National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

San Diego law enforcement will be on the lookout for “zombie” drivers this month as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness month. More than 200 local law enforcement agencies and 103 CHP offices will be participating in the campaign throughout California.

Earlier this month, the California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety kicked off the “It’s Not Worth It!” campaign with a live event featuring “zombie” actors. The message is that driver’s texting or using hand-held cell phones, drive like a zombie, using one-third less of your brain. Zombies are also being used in several pubic service announcements highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.

As we have previously discussed on this blog, hand-held cell phone use while driving has been banned in California since 2008. However, not everyone follows the law. During a similar month-long enforcement effort last year, 52,000 people across the state were ticketed, which was four times the monthly average. Approximately 475,000 drivers statewide were ticketed for the offense last year.

Nonetheless, research confirms that the ban is saving lives. A study from the University of California-Berkeley released last month found that overall traffic deaths have declined by 22 percent, while deaths blamed on drivers using handheld cell phones were cut nearly in half.

Source: Fox 5 San Diego