(April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month)….El Centro Police are taking it seriously.

So far, the Department has issued 52 citations for distracted driving. They say it is important for drivers to understand the huge risks they take using their cell phones behind the wheel. Sergeant James Thompson with the El Centro PD says It’s careless, dangerous and it is against the law. He says drivers should keep their eyes on the road, not their phones. In addition to phones, other serious distractions include eating, grooming, reaching for fallen objects, fiddling with the radio or console controls and changing clothes. Funding for distracted driving enforcement is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.