What's this all about, and what are police doing cracking down on cell phones? What they're really doing is looking for the scofflaws who have been ignoring California's relatively new hands-free law and texting ban (while driving).
As a Bay Area resident, I can tell you I see people every day ignoring these laws. I see people not just talking on the cell phone without a hands-free kit, but I see what appears to be texting activity as well.
Reportedly, in the first month of the hands-free law, 7,854 tickets were issued by the CHP. in July, 12,460 citations were handed out. You might expect a downward trend, but it's obvious that people are continuing to ignore the law. The figure does not include local police departments, either.
Both the hands-free law and the anti-texting law need a little more teeth to it. The first offense is $20, $50 for each repeat offense.
Still, a crackdown like this is welcome. Me? I always use a hands-free set. I dial using voice dialing. And I don't text or email (any longer!).