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By Bill Lindelof

California Highway Patrol officers in the Sacramento region handed out more than 200 citations to drivers they caught talking on cell phones during a 24-hour crackdown earlier this week.

The cell phone enforcement day was aimed at citing drivers using their cell phones without a hands-free device to cut down on distracted driving.

During the campaign that began 6 a.m. Tuesday, officers handed out 216 citations for talking on the cell phone while driving and 12 tickets for texting while driving.

They also issued 52 verbal warnings for non-compliance with the cell phone law and arrested two suspected drunk drivers as a result of a cell phone stops.

During a similar crackdown last year, CHP and local officers issued 588 citations during a two-day period.

Cell phone violations carry a minimum base fine of $20 for the first offense and $50 for the second offense. When court costs and other fees are added to the fines, the total cost of the violation exceeds $100 for the first offense, officials said.

Posted 10:27 AM

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