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San Marcos sheriffs on lookout for using cellphone while driving

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SAN MARCOS (CNS) - Sheriff's deputies in San Marcos will be on the lookout Tuesday for motorists who text or talk on a hand-held cellphone while driving, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Saturday.

The San Marcos Sheriff's Station will crack down on talkers and texters with a "zero tolerance" operation, citing drivers who break the law and pose a danger to themselves or others.

"Turn off your phone and put it out of reach as you get into the car," said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "Think before you call or text someone. If there is a chance they might be driving, let it wait. It's not worth it."

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into a crash that is serious enough to injure themselves and younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of fatal distraction-related crashes, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

More than 225 local agencies and the California Highway Patrol were expected to conduct zero tolerance enforcement in April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, sheriff's officials said

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