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Distracted Driving and Driving Under the Influence – Pasadena Now

On April 22, the Pasadena Police Department will conduct law enforcement operations focused on drivers suspected of violating the hands-free cell phone law, followed by a DUI saturation patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence (DUI).

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communication device while operating a vehicle. This includes talking, texting, or using an app. Using a cell phone while driving is subject to a fine. Violating the hands-free law a second time within 36 months of a previous conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to the driver’s record.

“The driver needs to focus on the road, not on their phone,” Pasadena Police Department Acting Lt. Sam de Sylva said. “That text, phone call, email, or social media post isn’t worth the risk to yourself and others on the road.”

If you have an important phone call or need to schedule routes, park in a safe parking spot. Before driving, turn off your phone or place it in an inaccessible place.

The Pasadena Police Department will also perform additional DUI enforcement actions on the same day.

“Impaired driving is preventable. It’s a choice,” de Sylva said. “If you’ve been drinking or taking impaired drugs, make the right choice by finding a sober driver or other transportation to take you.”

Impaired driving doesn’t just come from alcohol. Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications can interfere with driving. Always follow operating instructions and read warning labels regarding riding. Although medical and recreational marijuana is legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers caught driving while impaired and charged with a first DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

The Pasadena Police Department will stage another DUI saturation patrol operation on May 5, 2022.

Funding for these programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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