Authorities throughout the state report that cell phone tickets have fallen by about 25 percent, but they still believe plenty of drivers are engaging in unsafe behaviors while behind the wheel.
Some think this is because many police departments in California aren’t at full staffing levels. Others think drivers have gotten better at hiding the fact they are texting or browsing social media.
One member of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said that when he does see people on their phones, he’ll often pull his motorcycle right up beside them. In many cases they are so engaged in their conversation they don’t see him until he flashes his lights.
A police officer in a neighboring county said that he sees most offenders at traffic lights. A great number of people who are waiting for the light to turn green are using that time to check their phones, he said.
Police in Alameda County say they will continue to work to enforce traffic safety laws and are warning all drivers that if the are engaging in unsafe behaviors, they will be pulled over and cited.
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