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Sheriff and CHP to enforce "National Distracted Driving Awareness"

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers will be on the lookout next week for drivers who text or talk on a hand-held cellphone, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday.

Zero tolerance enforcement operations will start Monday and run through April 13, said sheriff's Lt. David Gilmore.

April marks the second annual "National Distracted Driving Awareness" month. During the last campaign, nearly 500 drivers were cited, Gilmore said.

The fine for a first offense is $159 plus court fees and fines for subsequent violations are much higher, Gilmore said.

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into a crash that is serious enough to cause injury. Texting while driving can delay a driver's reaction time as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunken driver, he said.

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