BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police will have "zero tolerance" for texting and driving in April.
It is part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and BPD officers will enforce rules against texting and driving with any hand-held cellular device.
The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior, said Sgt. Joe Grubbs with the BPD.
The current minimum ticket cost is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” said Bakersfield Police Department Chief Greg Williamson “because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone’s life?”
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, Sgt. Grubbs said.