GREAT HANG UP: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and in California, hundreds of extra law enforcement patrols will be on the lookout for people without their full attention on the road.
A first-offense ticket for holding your phone while driving carries a fine of $159.
Hands-free phone use and hands-free texting is allowed for California drivers over age 18. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use the phone at all while driving.
Several events have been planned for the month to promote teen driver safety and teach best practices behind the wheel.
Thursday April 4 at 7 p.m.
- The "Drive It Home" program offers a free event at the Memorial Auditorium
- The Second City comedians will perform
- No reservations necessary
Saturday April 6
- Free CHP Start Smart Class for teens and their parents
- 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- 2555 1st Avenue in Sacramento
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