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Dozens pulled over in Glendale for alleged texting, talking on cell

Dozens pulled over in Glendale for alleged texting, talking on cell
Glendale police officer Aaron Zeigler pulls over a driver who was allegedly using a cellphone while driving on San Fernando Road. (Raul Roa / Glendale News Press)

In a citywide crackdown on distracted driving, police in Glendale cited more than 50 motorists for allegedly talking on their cellphones or texting while driving on city streets.

Police said that 46 of the drivers were talking on their cellphones and an additional half a dozen were pulled over for texting while driving, said Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

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The crackdown was part of four operations scheduled this month, all aimed at increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

The operation, carried out last week and set to resume Tuesday, is part of a month-long clampdown on distracted drivers.

Roughly 3,330 people were killed and 420,000 people injured nationally in 2012 in traffic collisions blamed on distracted driver, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The fee for violating the cellphone law is $161, but ticket costs can jump to $280 with subsequent violations.

Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

Rocha writes for Times Community News.

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