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Keep Your Eyes on the Road: Police to Get Aggressive on Distracted Drivers

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With the federal government calling distracted driving an "epidemic" -- and for good reason, 16% of U.S. roadway deaths in 2009 were thanks to distracted driving -- and one study concluding that texting while driving is up, several policing agencies in Los Angeles County will be keeping a watchful eye on where drivers are looking on Tuesday. "You've been warned," tweeted the California Highway Patrol's Southern Division about a "County-wide, multi-agency, Zero-tolerance enforcement day against distracted drivers coming Oct 5." The CHP also tweeted: "Contrary to popular belief, a ticket for texting and driving or for not using a hands-free device is not $20, it's $139." That higher price is due to other penalty assessments.

(via blogging.la's Frazgo)