During the first three days of a statewide campaign to discourage distracted driving, the California Highway Patrol's Valley Division issued 316 citations to drivers for violating the state's cellphone laws and 17 citations to individuals who were texting while driving.
Two of the people stopped for cellphone violations ended up being arrested for driving under the influence, according to a CHP news release.
The monthlong campaign aims to cite drivers who are distracted by their cellphones or other devices within the vehicle. It is designed to deter motorists from using cellphones without a hands-free device and to encourage compliance with California's cellphone laws, officials said.
Outreach and enforcement efforts to educate motorists about the consequences of distracted driving will continue throughout the month.