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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Christina Hanson, 27, Santa Rosa
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Carol Collins-Swasey, 76, Santa Rosa
Lynne Anderson Powell, 72, Santa Rosa
Arthur Tasman Grant, 95, Santa Rosa
Suiko Grant, 75, Santa Rosa
Donna Mae Halbur, 80, Larkfield
Leroy Peter Halbur, 80, Larkfield
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Michael John Dornbach, 57, rural Calistoga
Veronica Elizabeth McCombs, 67, Santa Rosa
Carmen Colleen McReynolds, 82, Santa Rosa
Sharon Rae Robinson, 79, Santa Rosa
Mike Grabow, 40, Santa Rosa
Daniel Martin Southard, 71, Santa Rosa
Lee Chadwick Roger, 72, Glen Ellen
Roy Howard Bowman, 87, Redwood Valley
Irma Elsie Bowman, 88, Redwood Valley
Kai Logan Shepherd, 14, Redwood Valley
George Chaney, 89, Napa
Edward Stone, 79, Napa
Charles Rippey, 100, Napa
Sara Rippey, 98, Napa
Sally Lewis, 90, Napa
Teresa Santos, 50, Napa
Garrett Paiz, 38, Missouri