The state of California has several laws aimed at cracking down on drivers using cellphones, but it may all be for naught.
Motorists seem to be ignoring these laws.
A survey released Friday appears to back that up. Nationally, the number of people using cellphones or electronic devices while behind the wheel remained steady from 2010 to 2012, according to the poll released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
That means at any given time during the day, 660,000 people are using their cellphones in some way while driving.
Here in California, nearly 450,000 convictions were handed out last year to people violating the state's laws on distracted driving.
To combat the problem, the state is observing "Distracted Driving Awareness Month," which means 225 local law enforcement agencies in the state, and the California Highway Patrol, are ramping up efforts to target offenders during April.
If you're ticketed, the first offense will cost at least $159; subsequent offenses start at $279.
Can enforcement actually work? California Office of Traffic Safety officials cite both seat belt and passenger safety seat laws as examples of successful initiatives.