According to a recent report appearing on the Pasadena Now website, the Pasadena Police Department announced that it would be conducting DUI patrols on Friday, April 15.
Acting Police Lieutenant Sam de Sylva stated that the patrols would be focusing on drivers suspected of violating the hands-free cellphone law, followed by a DUI saturation patrol focused on drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“A driver’s focus should be on the road,” Lt. de Sylva said. “That text, email, or social media post is not worth the risk to yourself and to other people on the road.”
California law states drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle. The law includes explicitly talking, texting, or using an app. First-time offenders are subject to a fine. A second offense within a 36 month period would result in a point being added to the offender’s permanent driving record.
Officials recommend pulling over and parking in a safe place if you receive an important call or need to program driving directions into your device’s GPS app. It is also recommended to either put your phone on silent while driving or put it in a place that is out of reach while you’re behind the wheel.
A distracted or impaired driver stands a higher chance of getting into an accident. Too often, such crashes result in tragedy.
The Pasadena Police Department also advises the public that if you have consumed alcohol or taken drugs to make the right choice. Appoint a designated, sober driver or utilize alternate transportation such as public transit or a rideshare service.