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Police Issue 377 Distracted Driving Citations in April

Manhattan Beach Police participate in an awareness campaign to crackdown on distracted drivers and inform them of the dangers of distracted driving.

Police Issue 377 Distracted Driving Citations in April

Manhattan Beach Police issued 377 distracted driving citations in April, said Mark Mason, MBPD sergeant, Wednesday.

MBPD participated in April's statewide Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and issued 327 citations to drivers using a cell phone, 47 citations to drivers who were texting and three distracted driver speeding tickets. He said holding a GPS or cell phone on speaker warrants a ticket as does reaching to grab something off of the floorboard or back seat.

According to Mason, drivers should have two hands on the steering wheel and their eyes focused on the road. He said people who think they can multi-task while driving really can't, as proven in studies. 

In fact, according to an MBPD press release, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. 

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