Suisun police to crack down on texting while driving

By From page A3 | April 02, 2014

SUISUN CITY — City police will join more than 200 other law enforcement agencies in April to conduct a monthlong zero-tolerance enforcement and education campaign to curb the use of texting and using hand-held cell phones while driving.

Special high-visibility enforcement operations will take place in Suisun City to cite cellphone violators on Thursday, April 8, April 17 and April 22 as part of the effort to curb what Suisun police call a perilous behavior. The current minimum ticket is $161 with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.

“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes,” Suisun City Traffic Officer Michael Urlaub said in a press release. “Is that text message or cellphone call really worth $161, or worse, someone’s life?”

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  • MikeApril 02, 2014 - 4:54 am

    This should be easy revenue. I drive from business to business,locally, and 4 out of 5 drivers either have their cellphones up to their ear, or have their heads down concentrating on what they have in their laps. Driving is crazy enough without dealing with distracted drivers.

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  • BobApril 02, 2014 - 6:39 am

    Can Suisun City Traffic Officer Michael Urlaub tell the people of Suisun City why they can't stop RED LIGHT RUNNERS on HWY 12 and intersections through town? How about the stop sign runners on Pintail? I hate to sound like a broken record but where are you when we need you? My wife and daughter almost died at Sunset and 12 because 8 people couldn't stop after the light turned red I like this town but after 35 years of watching the people running it in to the ground is sad Pothole Pete can't fix the roads, Code Enforcement doesn't do anything (my neighbor has cars all over his front yard and parked in the street but nothing gets done about them) House break ins and you're going after texting drivers Great job guys better start worrying about the next election

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  • 2realApril 02, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Ya this is just another way to make money. Its not about the safety though they act like it is. Besides, almost every officer i see in a day is on their phone. What makes a civilian on his phone more dangerous than a cop? Wats next... choose your radio station before u leave park? What a joke. Their are acually people who can multi task!!

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  • tomsmakApril 02, 2014 - 8:16 am

    I see the first day of enforcement is Thursday, April 8. According to MY calendar, April 8 is on a Tuesday. You people are in need of a 2014 calendar to report the news accurately.

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  • clancyApril 02, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    Multi tasking while driving .. Really ? These are the people who need to be stopped they are a danger to everyone!! I would like to see more traffic enforcement every day. I see red light and stop sign runners everyday in Fairfield and Suisun along with speeding and aggressive driving. How about Sunset from Pintail towards Railroad.? There is a lane for people to turn right onto railroad that starts at the light yet people purposely drive the lane all the way to the light then either cut people off or hold up traffic so they can get over. I guess they think they are special and don't have to wait in the correct lane like everyone else. I have never seen police out there in the morning. What about lane barrier poles do they can not do this because no attention is paid to the double line. Its a shame so much money was spent on the Street several years agocanf another lane was not added . I would have thought that would be the whole purpose I don't see why they bothered at all .

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  • 2realApril 02, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    I understand that it can be dangerous but so is thinking while driving.. we all do it. Point is little by little law after law freedom is going out the door thanks to people like you. Thats not right thats not safe thats not fair.. next thing you know.. communism.. welcome to north korea

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  • CD BrooksApril 03, 2014 - 7:16 am

    2real, this is not a joke. Innocent people are dying because of this practice. The worst part about this story is it won't change anything, few offenders will be cited and then PD will continue ignoring it until the next blitz. Posting this story is a slap in the face to every law-abiding citizen everywhere. And frankly a sad statement for law enforcement.

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  • CD BrooksApril 03, 2014 - 7:05 am

    My comment was removed, will clean it up...What a load this is! Why isn't this done every day as standard practice? Why announce your intentions and provide dates? People die in traffic-related accidents all day EVERY day! This angers me off no end, and it should anger everyone that obeys the law and watches this never-ending criminal activity. New deal enforcement by proxy, on those days we have “been assigned” we are going to cite you (allegedly) for texting. Then for the rest of the year (unless we get a grant) we’ll ignore all the other stupid garbage you do. Remind me again, why exactly do we pay you folks?

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