Fortuna Police Department joins crackdown on texting while driving

The Fortuna Police Department will be joining local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month-long "zero tolerance" campaign to curb drivers' texting and hand-held cell phone use as part of April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place today, April 8, April 17, and April 22, according to an FPD press release. Current minimum ticket cost is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.

"We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously, because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes," Fortuna Police Department Chief William Dobberstein said in the release. "Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone's life?"