Torrance Police Cite Over 60 In One Day For Driving While Using Cell Phones

On Thursday the 27th the Torrance Police Department issued traffic tickets to 63 motorists as part of a planned sting operation targeting motorists for using their cell phones while driving, according to law enforcement officials.

TPD issued the tickets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 on Hawthorne Boulevard between Carson Street and Lomita Boulevard. Officers cited drivers seen talking and texting on their cell phones while driving. The vehicle code  prohibits the use of any cell phone while driving without a “hands free” device. The cost of the tickets in Court are more than $140 with penalties and assessments.

The interesting question from the attorneys perspective is what constitutes “driving” within the context of the citation.  One can only presume that driving means movement of the vehicle, which means that if you are talking on your cell phone in your car while stopped at a red light that would not be a violation of the law, your comments are always welcome.

About thetorranceattorney

Matthew Ruff is a Torrance criminal defense attorney located near the 405 freeway on Crenshaw Blvd. Focusing on DUI and serious criminal cases for over twenty five years. In addition to criminal cases, Matthew also defends clients at the DMV regarding license suspension hearings stemming from drunk driving arrests.
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