Dozens of Glendale motorists caught chatting or texting were cited during this week's crackdown against distracted drivers, police said.
Seven Glendale Police Department traffic officers cited 56 motorists for talking on a cell phone while driving, another four drivers were cited for texting, and a motorist was issued an unsafe speeding ticket for being distracted while driving, Sgt. Dennis Smith said. The 2008 ban applies only to holding the device; Bluetooth and other hands-free devices are still permitted. Fines range from $120 to $150.
"Most of my guys don't have a problem finding them," he said.
Getting motorists to fess up can be a challenge, Smith said. But officers generally don't engage the driver in a dispute, he added.