GLENDALE— Glendale police on Monday begun a persistent, month-long crackdown on distracted driving, taking part in a statewide push against hand-held cell phone use.
Traffic officers were out in force and looking for motorists who were talking or texting while behind the wheel.
As of 1:30 p.m., four officers, each working a six-hour enforcement period, had cited 51 motorists for talking on hand-held cell phones while driving, Glendale Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Another seven motorists were cited for texting while driving, he added.
“I think the word is getting out,” he said.
Police begun cracking down on distracted drivers in February. Since that time, officers conducted five grant-funded enforcement operations and have cited more than 400 motorists for distracted driving, Smith said.