Chula Vista police crack down on distracted drivers: 35 cited in 'Distracted Driving Operation'

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Chula Vista police officers cited 29 drivers for talking on hand-held cellular phones while driving and six who were caught texting while driving during a four-hour period this weekend, an officer said Sunday.

The "Distracted Driving Operation," conducted from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, was part of an ongoing effort to improve traffic safety, save lives and prevent injuries, according to Chula Vista police Officer Alicia Chudy. A citation for texting or talking on a cell phone while driving will cost the driver $159, she said.

"Please remember that talking and texting are not only the only distractions while driving. Eating, drinking, use of GPS, MP3 players and other devices, reading maps, books or magazines, grooming, animals and getting too involved with your passengers can distract a driver and can cause collisions," Chudy said in a statement.

Chudy said two of the 29 drivers cited for talking while driving also had suspended licenses and one was unlicensed. Officers cited four of the 45 motorists stopped during the operation for other various vehicle code violations, she said.

"This was considered a successful Distracted Driving Operation," Chudy said. "The Chula Vista Police Department is continuing its efforts to keep our community safe by detecting and deterring drivers from talking and texting on their cellphones."

The operation was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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