Police departments in the Peninsula are joining forces to crack down on distracted drivers.
Officers from Burlingame, San Mateo and Foster City spent Tuesday looking for drivers texting, checking e-mails and social media. Police said drivers could still get a citation even if they were checking a map.
"Everybody thinks now that as soon as they say they're using it as a GPS that it's not a violation," said Brett Murphy of the Burlingame Police Department. "But a Fresno court ruling was when you're stopped a red light and you're looking at your cell phone or electronic mobile device for the purpose of the map only it's not a violation."
Police said as soon as the car is in motion it is a violation of California law.
Tuesday's enforcement was funded by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety. The enforcement focused on San Mateo and Foster City, with the goal of reducing traffic collisions.
Police said a citation for a first offense could cost $167.