LODI, CA - In just five hours on one stretch of road, Lodi police gave out 30 tickets to people texting or talking on cell phones while driving.
Seven officers set up a sting operation to remind drivers to focus on the task at hand - driving a motor vehicle. The Kettleman Lane sting was part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to Lodi police.
"It also means not reading, not writing on papers, eating, or having your dog sit in your lap," Sgt. David Griffin said. "I'm standing at the corner and I watch someone pull out their phone and start talking on it, and they don't want to be responsible for their actions."
Many drivers caught cellphone-handed did own up to disobeying the law. An SUV driver had a built-in cell stereo to answer calls hands-free, but he was pulled over for actually picking up his phone to look at the caller ID.
"I picked it up and pushed accept and that's when I got stopped," the driver said.
Officer Ken Slater said he believes the most dangerous part of using a mobile device while driving is the initial pick up.
"It pulls their attention away and causes them look down to see who's calling and to hit answer," Slater said. "That's when they can end up crashing into a parked car."
Lodi police officers said the initial ticket is over $100, but the fines can increase depending on the situation.