The Galt Police Department will join 36 other law enforcement agencies in the Sacramento region during the holiday season to enforce a state law prohibiting use of a hand-held cellphone or texting while driving.
Galt police and other agencies will be out in force between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9 to issue tickets to drivers using a hand-held phone or texting, according to Lt. Brian Vizzusi.
Distracted drivers in Galt talking on a hand-held cellphone or sending text messages will receive a first-time ticket costing a minimum of $159, with a second offense costing $279.
Nationally, 3,092 people were killed and an estimated 416,000 others were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2010.
For more information, visit www.distraction.gov/sacramentoregion.