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California Highway Patrol targets distracted drivers

California Highway Patrol officers crack down on distracted drivers

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - California Highway Patrol officer Matthew Kenney has seen it all when it comes to distracted driving.

“Everyone's got an excuse. Every stop, they give me an excuse for driving distracted even though it's illegal,” Kenney said.

But when it comes to people's lives and their safety on the road, there are no excuses.

“It's just that it's not worth it. You don't want to be the one to take your own life or somebody in your car or cyclists or pedestrians. You're not the only one that's driving the car, and you can definitely injure other people just because you're driving while distracted. It's not worth it,” Kenney said.

Highway patrol officers gave out more than 109,000 citations last year just for cell phone violations. 

In 2017, 66 people were killed across the state in distracted driving-related crashes.

This month the highway patrol will be monitoring freeways and roadways in full force looking for people who are peeking at their phones or clearly driving while distracted.  

Kenney wants to remind everyone that even if you're holding your phone to look at your GPS the highway, it's still considered distracted driving.


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