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Inland Empire officers keeping an eye out for distracted drivers

Once again, I want to remind you that the San Bernardino Police are keeping their eyes open for drivers who are distracted. California enacted a hands-free cellphone law three years ago, making hand-held phones illegal to use. It was followed by a law that made texting illegal also.

With today's telephone that does just about everything, distracted driving laws become confusing - What's legal? What's illegal?

In addition, driving with a pet on your lap could be considered distracted driving - certainly dangerous. Recently a warning was given to a man by a CHP officer who was driving on Interstate 210 with a small dog in his lap. Some phones have a GPS function - using that is not legal if you are holding the phone - pull over.

Police officers in the Inland Empire have a stricter policy on the use of handheld devices while driving. They believe that having a phone in your hands for any purpose is distracted driving and therefore, dangerous driving. Fines for using a handheld phone while driving is about $160 and will increase to more than $300 under proposed legislation.

If you have been pulled over for distracted driving, you will be facing a huge fine. If you have caused an accident as a result of distracted driving, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who will look into the incident for you and discuss your options.

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