All month long, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has been cracking down on drivers who are texting or using their hand-held cell phones. Not only is this illegal, but it can put people's lives in danger.

KPBS Evening Edition recently spoke with Sheriff's Traffic Lieutenant Julius Faulkner about the dangers of distracted driving. Watch this news report and learn more about the "Start Smart" program that teaches new teenage drivers about safety while behind the wheel.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If you are caught violating California's cell phone laws, you will be cited and face a minimum fine of $161 plus court fees with subsequent violations being higher.

Don't text or use a hand-held cell phone while driving ... IT'S NOT WORTH IT!!!

To learn more about the Start Smart program, go to: sdsheriff.net/startsmart.

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