GLENDALE — Glendale police issued nearly 500 citations last month to motorists who were talking or texting on hand-held cell phones.
Police were out in force last month as part of a statewide crackdown on distracted driving, issuing 491 citations to drivers who were illegally using cell phones while behind the wheel on city streets.
“We are definitely sending a message,” Glendale Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said.
For the first two weeks in April, law enforcement agencies cited more than 20,000 people statewide for using hand-held cell phones while driving, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The final results for the number of citations issued wouldn’t be completed until at least later this week, agency spokesman Chris Cochran said.
The inaugural Distracted Driving Awareness campaign will likely become the agency’s annual traffic safety focus in April, he said.
More than 275 police agencies participated in the campaign, which Cochran said focused on educating the public and enforcing the state’s cell-phone laws.