24 cited for using cellphone while driving during Richmond operation

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24 cited for using cellphone while driving during Richmond operation
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By Mike Kinney

Two dozen citations were handed out for using a cellphone while driving during a distracted driver operation in Richmond on Wednesday, Sept. 15, police said.

The operation, funded by the state’s Office of Traffic Safety had officers patrolling citywide for incidents of distracted driving from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

During that period, 13 drivers were cited for talking on the phone; six were cited for texting while driving; and two drivers under age 18 were cited for using phones (While adults are allowed to use phones in a hands-free manner, drivers under 18 are prohibited from using phones for any reason).

During the operation, two citations were issued for stop sign violations and another two for red light violations. Citations were also issued for driving with a suspended license (1 citation), reckless driving (1), failure to comply with a regulatory sign (2) and unsafe turning movement (2), police said.