Cypress Police Department

Cypress Police Department plans Distracted Driving Enforcement for August 21, 2021

The Cypress Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers that are violating the state’s hands-free cell phone law this Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the city limits.

Under the law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while driving. This includes talking, texting or using an app.

“Distracted driving is a serious issue, but one that can be easily solved simply by putting the phone down,” Mayor Jon Peat said. “That text, phone call, email or social media post can wait.”

A driver cell phone violation is subject to a $157 fine for the first offense.

Other distractions include eating, grooming, talking to passengers, using GPS, adjusting the radio, taking off a jacket, reaching for an object on the floor or navigating a vehicle’s in-dash touchscreen.

If you have an important phone call or need to program directions, pull over to a safe parking spot. Before driving, either silence your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach.

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

This article was released by Cypress Police Department.

4 Comments

  1. I am a rideshare driver and notice many drivers either texting or on their mobile phones while driving. It needs to stop and look forward to Cypress Police attempting to stop this behavior.

  2. Thank God!! couldn’t happen soon enough. also need to check for tented windows. I think GPS is a BIG problem. just yesterday a person put on their right blinker and then turn left.

  3. What if someone is a Gig worker ? Like Doordash or Postmates. Do they have to pull over when accepting a delivery because there is only a short window of time before the delivery is passed on to another driver and sometimes it’s not possible to pull over quickly.

    1. I totally agree with you. It should only take a second to accept or decline a new delivery.

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