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In wet weather cops cracking down on distracted driving

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With wet weather expected to impact some of our Valley roads patrol officers say they will have zero tolerance for distracted driving. It’s distracted driving awareness month and officers are cracking down. If your vehicle is in drive on the roadway and a cell phone is in your hand you’re breaking the law.  

Clovis Police Officer Mark Bradford is making a traffic stop, doing his part to remind drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Seeing people handling their phones while driving far too often Officer Bradford says this driver took a risk he can’t look past. 

“He admitted he received a phone call from a family member who was in the hospital. He was very apologetic, but I mean the bottom line is you can’t be on your phone. He may create a situation where he can’t get there because he crashes,” said Bradford. 

The penalty for using a cell phone while driving in California could soon get a lot tougher. A state senator is introducing a bill that will increase the penalty for using a cell phone while driving to a moving violation, which will add one-point to your DMV record.

“There seems to be evidence that the current administrative fine is not creating the deterrence that I think we need,” said Senator Josh Newman from San Dimas.

With wet weather expected this weekend, Valley officers say they’ll be cracking down on distracted driving in an effort to prevent crashes. 

“I mean you’re going to get a ticket if I see you, or any other officer sees you doing it,” said Bradford. 

Legal experts say a ticket for driving with a cell phone in your hand will cost you roughly $150 and if the new law passes it could make your insurance more expensive

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