The Torrance Police Department is boosting efforts to combat distracted driving during the month of April.  

The Office of Traffic Safety, Torrance Police, CHP and other community partners are teaming up throughout the state to make sure the roads are safer by focusing on the dangers of distracted driving, especially the use of cell phones.

Torrance Police will provide educational experiences as well as zero-tolerance enforcement efforts to discourage distracted driving. This is in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety, which will kick off a new public awareness campaign on the new hands-free law.

Under the legislation, a driver is allowed to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the cell phone or wireless communication device by swiping or tapping its screen only if it’s properly mounted or not being held in a driver’s hand. The goal is to change driver’s behaviors and save lives year round.  First time offenders will be cited with a $162 dollar fine.

Torrance Police plan to be out in full force April 12-26 looking for distracted drivers in locations with high numbers of traffic collisions.