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CHP says 30,000 ticketed for using cellphones

SAN FRANCISCO — California Highway Patrol officials say about 30,000 people across the state are facing fines after being ticketed for using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.

CHP spokeswoman Sgt. Diana McDermott says the tickets were issued in April as part of a campaign enforcing the state's so-called distracted driving laws.

Of the tickets issued last month, about 5,900 were handed out to San Francisco Bay Area drivers.

Officials want to remind drivers that it is illegal in California to use a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle, unless the phone is being used in hands-free mode, or during an emergency.

Texting or reading a message on a cellphone or using an electronic device to communicate while driving is also prohibited.


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