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Results released in first statewide distracted driving survey

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) -  Officials from the California Office of Traffic Safety Wednesday released the findings from the nation's first-ever statewide cell phone/texting observational survey. The survey revealed more than nine percent of California drivers talk on the phone while driving representing hundreds of thousands of drivers at any given time.

The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The California Highway Patrol, along with more than 275 local police and sheriff's departments across California have been conducting zero tolerance for distracted driving since April 1. Law enforcers say dialing and texting can take a driver's eyes from the roadway for five to ten seconds, while most crashes have less than three seconds' reaction time.

In the first two weeks of the crackdown, officers across the state have issued 20,455 cell phone and texting citations. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving.

State officials say the base fine for violating either the hands-free or no texting law in California is $20 on a first offense and $50 on subsequent offenses. With fees and assessments, the total ticket for a first offense is $159, and $279 for subsequent offenses.


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