LOS ANGELES — Police efforts earlier this month to go after motorists talking or texting on hand-held cell phones yielded 714 citations in Los Angeles County, officials said Thursday.
Authorities made the announcement during a safe-driving promotional event that featured an obstacle course at Dodger Stadium.
California Highway Patrol stations throughout the county cited 494 drivers on Oct. 5 for various distracted-driving violations, including texting and talking while driving, Southern Division Chief Steve Beeuwsaert.
"Put the phones down," he said. "Put the food down. Put the makeup down and drive."
Twelve other participating law enforcement agencies, including the Glendale Police Department, cited 220 drivers for similar distracted driving violations that same day, which was dedicated to cracking down on inattentive motorists.
Glendale police officers cited 61 motorists for talking and texting on a cell phone and for unsafe speeding while being distracted, Glendale Sgt. Dennis Smith said.
The distracted-drivers campaign was created to address concerns about the ongoing use of hand-held cell phones while driving and reduce the number of distracted-driving-related collisions, Beeuwsaert said.