During the months of April, May and June, the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section will focus on drivers talking or texting on cell phones.
Lt. Jay Trisler wants to remind drivers that it is against the law to text on their phone at any time while driving and to drive while talking on their phone without a hands-free device.
The California law on hand-held cell phones, one of the first in the nation, went into effect in 2008. The ban on texting followed in 2009.
Santa Monica police suggest the following to motorists to avoid receiving a citation, or possibly injuring or killing someone:
Turn off the phone and/or put it out of reach while driving;
Don’t call or text anyone when driving or at a time when you think they may be driving;
Stay alert and keep your mind on the task of driving.
Information, Sgt. Phillbo Rubish with the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Section at (310) 458-8950, or Trisler at (310) 458-8471.