By Nadia Noir
April is DDAM (Distracted Driving Awareness Month) and the LAPD plan on punishing drivers’ technological ADD once and for all. Instead of letting people off the hook for the offense, the LAPD are enforcing a “zero tolerance” on texting drivers this month and will be out in full-force looking for the offenders.
Special days this will be happening are April 3rd, 8th, 17th and 22th, but every day of the month you could incur a $161 or $281 ticket, depending on whether you are a first-time or second-time offender.
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously,” said Sergeant Karmody on the LAPD blog. “We see the aftermath of these preventable crashes. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone’s life?”
According to their site, texters are four times more likely to get into serious car crashes because texting while driving can create a delayed driver reaction just as bad as being a legally drunk driver.
Even hands-free is dangerous, making you into a cell phone “zombie.” The LAPD’s advice? Wait until you are done driving or pull over.
And why would you want to be talking or texting anyway? You’re missing all the awesome songs on JACK FM.