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Zero Tolerance: Dixon is About to Crack Down Hard on Texting Drivers

Distracted drivers in Dixon talking on a hand-held cell phone or texting will receive a first-time ticket costing a minimum of $159, with a second offense costing $279.

Don't text and drive unless you're prepared to pay a $159 or $279 ticket. The Dixon Police Department is about to take a zero-tolerance approach to people who use their cell phones while driving. 

The department teamed up with Office of Traffic Safety and 36 nearby law enforcment agencies to combat texting while driving. This is part of a federally funded pilot program to test enforcement tactics that may be used in the future.

Here's what the Dixon Police Department had to say about it: 

Beginning November 30 and lasting through December 9, The Dixon Police Department will be out in force to issue tickets to drivers using hand-held cell phones or texting.  Nationally in 2010, 3,092 people were killed, and an estimated 416,000 others were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

“Talking or texting on a cell phone while driving on the streets of Dixon is dangerous to everyone on the roadways with them,” said Lt. Ron Willingmyre Officers will be out looking, and will be ticketing with zero tolerance.”

Because too many drivers still don’t get the message that using a cell phone while driving can be dangerous and deadly, this initial distracted driving crackdown marks the first of many enforcement waves taking place over the next year. California’s distracted driving law bans all drivers from using hand-held devices and texting while operating a motor vehicle. Yet, in 2011, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported 460,487 handheld cell phone convictions, up from 361,260 in 2010. 

Distracted drivers in Dixon talking on a hand-held cell phone or texting will receive a first-time ticket costing a minimum of $159, with a second offense costing $279.  But the goal of the special enforcement operation is not to issue tickets, but to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

  • Turn off your phone and/or put it out of reach
  • Include in your outgoing message that you can’t answer while you are driving
  • Don’t call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving

Remember: Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.

For more information on distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov/sacramentoregion.

Do you ever use a phone while driving? Texting? Talking? Mapping? What do you think of this effort? 

Harry December 01, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Why pass a law if it is not enforced? Why would anybody obey a law if it is not enforced? Are the normal daily phone calls and texting worth the risk of killing or injuring a person needlessly through no fault of their own? The victim always pays the major price either through death or by becoming disabled for the rest of his or her life. No phone call or text message is worth that price. Follow safe practices with your phone and all of us can drive our vehicles, ride a bicycle, or walk through Dixon more safely. We still have to watch out for the unexpected though.
Ed December 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Gary, copied from DMV website. Read section (d) below. Section 23123 Hand Held Wireless Telephone Prohibited Use 23123. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving. (b) A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a base fine of twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense and fifty dollars ($50) for each subsequent offense. (c) This section does not apply to a person using a wireless telephone for emergency purposes, including, but not limited to, an emergency call to a law enforcement agency, health care provider, fire department, or other emergency services agency or entity. (d) This section does not apply to an emergency services professional using a wireless telephone while operating an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in Section 165, in the course and scope of his or her duties. (e) This section does not apply to a person driving a schoolbus or transit vehicle that is subject to Section 23125. (f) This section does not apply to a person while driving a motor vehicle on private property.
Harry December 02, 2012 at 12:50 AM
These are exceptions to the rule and in these cases using these phones are justified. However, even in an emergency vehicle, there typically are more than one employee in the vehicle and in these cases, the driver need not be the designated phone operator.
Gary Erwin December 02, 2012 at 02:04 AM
It might be legal but is it right? Why not use a blue tooth earbud whild driving. Why not set a good example for others to follow? No I'm not picking on you LEO's I appriciate your hard work... I'm just saying...lead by example.
marko pollo December 02, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I was on the freeway today, saw a guy driving and talking on his phone. I was so upset, I dropped my shaver into my coffee. It splashed all over my lap and burned me so bad, I also dropped my sandwich all over the paper I was reading.

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