72 Goleta Drivers Cited for Violating Hands-Free Cell Phone Law

By the City of Goleta

In an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, the Goleta Police Department issued 72 citations during the month of April to drivers who violated the state’s handsfree cell phone law.

“Despite repeated efforts to warn drivers about the hands-free cell phone law, some drivers continue to use their phones while operating a vehicle,” Sergeant Noel Rivas said. “Our ultimate goal is to change behaviors that help make our roads safer.”

California has had distracted driving laws on the books since 2008. Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold their phone or other electronic device while driving. This includes talking, texting, using an app or even if stopped at a red light. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine. Violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

If you have an important phone call or need to program directions, pull over to a safe parking spot. Before driving, either silence your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.



Written by CityofGoleta

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  1. I’m confused. Is there a law that says one cannot use “Hands Free” phone? (meaning one’s hands are on the wheel and not the phone?) Article says “Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold their phone or other electronic device while driving.” “Hold their phone” means to me holding in a hand. Actually it is just as distracting to talk on the phone with or without holding it, so I don’t do it. And how can someone tell if someone is not just talking to themselves or singing if their hands are on the wheel but they’re talking on a phone somehow?

  2. I live on a busy street and, as I’m reading this article, I note that 3 of the last 10 cars to pass by are operated by drivers looking at their phones. I would love to see a real concerted effort to ticket drivers, in order to change behaviors. If the police really want to crack down on this dangerous activity, they could issue 72 tickets in one morning…

  3. On north bound 101, a HUGE cement mixer with the mixer rolling started to come into our lane. My husband dodged by going far left as were in the fast lane. As we passed the driver I could see he was texing!!!!! There was no company marking. INCREDIBLY STUPID and DANGEROUS!!

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