The Pasadena Police Department will conduct an enforcement operation Friday focused on drivers suspected of violating the hands-free cell phone law followed by a DUI saturation patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence (DUI).
“A driver’s focus should be on the road, not their phone,” Pasadena Police Department Acting Lieutenant Sam de Sylva said. “That text, phone call, email or social media post is not worth the risk to yourself and other people on the road.”
Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle. This includes talking, texting, or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine. Violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.
If you have an important phone call or need to program directions, pull over to a safe parking spot. Before driving, either silence your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach.
The Pasadena Police Department reminds the public that “Impaired driving is preventable. It’s a choice. If you’ve been drinking or taken drugs that impair, make the right choice by finding a sober driver or alternate transportation to take you places.”
Impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
The Pasadena Police Department will hold another distracted driving enforcement and DUI saturation patrol operation on April 22, 2022.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.