Huntington Beach

620 distracted drivers pay a price

DISTRACTED DRIVERS risk a fine or much worse (Shutterstock).

If you violate California’s hands-free cell phone driving law, you’re not alone. In fact, if you passed through Huntington Beach in April, you have at least 620 other colleagues in the matter.

The HBPD declared April to be Distracted Driving Month, and the crackdown resulted in that many citations being written. In 2017, a new state law went into effect banning holding and using your cell phone in your hand when you are driving. Such phones must be mounted on the dashboard, windshield or center console, and can only be touched once with a swipe or tap of a finger to activate or deactivate a function.

First-time offenders face a $162 fine.

In addition to talking on a cell phone, other serious distractions include eating, grooming, reaching for fallen objects, fiddling with the radio or console controls and even changing clothes.

Early literacy-math programs back in OVSD

Learning Link, an early literacy and math program, is returning to Oak View Preschool in the Ocean View School District.

Sessions will be held on May 10, 24, 31 and June 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at 17131 Emerald Lane in Huntington Beach. Learning Link programs are in an interactive classroom setting allowing for open, flexible schedules helping young kids prepare for kindergarten.

It’s all free and open to kids up to 5 years old. For more information, call (714) 843-6938.

The OVSD serves northern Huntington Beach and portions of Fountain Valley, Westminster and Midway City.

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