Tuesday, October 14, 2008

You'd better check your hands free / when you drive by a university

Guess what? They're enforcing the new California hands-free law.

Guess what else? It's UC Riverside police that are doing the enforcing.

The Inland Empire News Blog reprinted a press release:

The University Neighborhood Enhancement Team (UNET) conducted a Hands Free Cell Phone Law Enforcement project commencing on Monday, October 6 and ending on Thursday, October 9. The times of enforcement were from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Officers issued 58 cell phone citations for violations of 23123(a) CVC during the week. The subjects cited were mostly students from UCR. This project will be repeated in the future.

UNET is a cooperative unit of the Riverside Police Department (RPD) and the University of California-Riverside Police Department (UCRPD).

Signs were posted in the enforcement areas advising drivers that cell phone laws are strictly enforced. The enforcement was conducted at the intersections of University Avenue and Canyon Crest Drive, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Canyon Crest Drive, University Avenue and the 60 Freeway, as well as surrounding areas when infractions were observed.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008
Contact: Lieutenant Larry Gonzalez
Phone: (951) 351-6074

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