CARLSBAD — Nearly 50 people had to be reminded that it’s prohibited to use a hand-held cell phone while driving, and those reminders were tickets from Carlsbad police officers as they concentrated on giving out cell phone citations as part of a countywide zero-tolerance campaign for violators of the hands free law on Nov. 17.
The goal of the joint enforcement effort was to send a strong message of Hands Free — It’s the Law, said Sgt. Paul Reyes of the traffic division of Carlsbad Police Department.
Another goal was to increase the safety of drivers on the roads by reminding them to focus on driving and to leave the dialing and texting for later, he said.
Forty-nine citations were given out during the zero-tolerance campaign, along with one ticket for someone who was texting, and five warnings.
According to the California Department of Vehicles, the fine for a first-time offender of the hands-free law is $20 and $50 for each subsequent offense.
The DMV law reads: “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.”