Santa Barbara
66° F
Santa Maria
50° F
San Luis Obispo
53° F
56° F

Highway Patrol gives firsthand look at citing distracted drivers

By John Palminteri, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter,
Published On: Apr 09 2013 09:25:52 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2013 12:55:19 PM CDT

KEYT got exclusive access to ride along a CHP patrol as they conduct stops of distracted drivers.

GOLETA, Calif. -

From the inside of a Highway Patrol car, NewsChannel 3 is given a firsthand look at the efforts to stop distracted drivers.

Officer Jason Butler focused his eyes on drivers on all sides of his vehicle while gliding through freeway traffic.   He said cars that fail to stay in their lanes are among the first vehicles he checks out.

Often drivers on cellphones, without hands-free devices, are wrapped up in their calls and can be caught and cited.

Near La Colina Junior High on Cathedral Oaks Road, one driver on his phone was tailed by Butler with red lights flashing for over a quarter of a mile before stopping.

The driver finally stopped with the sound of a siren.

"Yea, everyone is well aware that driving with their cellphones up to their ear, talking and texting is completely illegal," said Butler.

This is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, and law enforcement agencies throughout the state are cracking down on dangerous drivers.

One driver pulled up next to the officer and was sending a text message with her phone in front of the steering wheel.   After being pulled over, she admitted it was only a brief text, but knew it was a violation.

Many drivers do not realize how far they can travel while distracted by a phone call, reaching for some food, or putting on makeup instead of looking at the road.

"At 60 miles per hour, a second and a half later you've traveled almost 180 feet," said Butler.  "And that's before you start braking."

This month as part of the enforcement efforts, overhead sign boards are reminding drivers of the fines for distracted driving.

The cost of the first ticket for this offense is $159.


The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • fatal_accident_investigation

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • fuzion_store_business_santa_barbara

    UCSB Group Boycotts Business For Promoting Deltopia

    A UCSB student group is boycotting a local business for creating the Deltopia Facebook page, which they said brought in thousands of outsiders to the small college town.

  • girl_child_coughing_sick_whooping_cough

    Contagious Diseases Making a Comeback in California

    Deadly diseases that were a thing of the past are making a comeback in California.

  • Witnesses to Fatal Crash

    Eyewitnesses See Triple Fatal Crash from Roadside Camp

    A homeless couple watching the freeway from their campsite in Santa Barbara this morning, witnessed the triple fatal accident that took the lives of two teens and a young man.

  • Parents of Mallory Dies Sue Congresswoman, Her Former Aide, and U.S. Government

    The parents of a young Santa Barbara woman killed in a high profile, DUI case are suing Congresswoman Lois Capps, her former aide Raymond Morua, and the U-S government in federal court.

  • State Street Benches Gone

    Benches Removed in Two Block Area of Downtown Santa Barbara

    Benches have been removed in a two block area of State Street between Haley and Ortega Streets in downtown Santa Barbara.  The city says they are being cleaned and repaired.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    DUI Driver in Fatal Early Morning Accident Ordered to Detox Program in 1995

    The Santa Barbara woman arrested for DUI in the early morning accident that left three people dead early Monday morning has a lengthy court record out of Ventura County. Kimberly Kreis, 52, was ordered to serve 30 days in a detox program as far back as 1995.

    The car that Kreis was driving crashed into a disabled Mazda near the Castillo off-ramp of the southbound 101 freeway in Santa Barbara. Two 17 year old North Torrance High School students were killed in the accident- Jessica Leffew and Danielle Murillo. 20 year old Brian Lopez also died in the wreck. The driver of the Mazda, Eric August, is hospitalized in critical condition.

    A NewsChannel 3 investigation found records out of Ventrua County that appear to show that Greis has at least one prior conviction involving drugs and or alcohol, and in 1995 she was ordered to serve 30 days in a Cottage Hospital detox program.

    CHP investigators are still trying to piece together why the Mazda veered right into a guardrail, causing it to flip onto it's roof before coming to rest in the middle of the southbound freeway, which set into motion the deadly accident.

    CHP Officer Jonathan Guiterrez, said "A lot of things could have happened, He could have fallen asleep. We just don't know at this point."

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

    People's 'World's Most Beautiful' list 2014

    People magazine recently named Lupita Nyong'o its "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. See which other ladies earned a coveted spot on the annual list.

  • Slideshow: Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.