Release Date/Time: 9/26/2016 8:12 AM
Incident: Cell Phone Sting
Report #: Various
Date: Monday, 9/26/2016
Time: 7:50 AM
On Sunday morning, September 25th, three officers of the Salinas Police Department conducted a cell phone sting. An undercover officer in an unmarked car drove around the streets of Salinas looking for drivers who were using their cell phones. When the undercover officer saw someone on the phone while driving, he would advise one of the uniformed officers in a marked patrol car to swoop in and make the car stop.
In three hours the officers made 10 traffic stops, wrote 7 cell phone tickets, cited one driver for driving while unlicensed, and cited another driver for driving on a suspended license.
"It has been shown time and time again that using your cell phone while driving is very dangerous," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "It's very tempting to answer that phone when someone calls but it is not worth someone getting hurt or killed. Find a place to pull over and call the person back."
Sergeant Ross said that drivers are starting to keep an eye out for police cars while using their phone. For this reason the officers plan to get more creative in their enforcement of the cell phone laws. Salinas Police also plan to use plain clothes officers on foot to look into cars as they drive by to spot cell phone use.
Funding for this Distracted Driving enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250