68,000 California drivers were issued citations for distracted driving last month. The vast majority of these citations were for texting while driving – a violation that can have severe safety risks according to some officials. But the numbers, released by the California Office of Traffic Safety, do not reflect another significant risk – civil rights violations – according to local attorney Peter Johnson, General Partner of The Law Office of Johnson & Johnson. Johnson contends that distracted driving laws are being abused by law enforcement. Distracted driving laws are meant to discourage a number of risky behaviors on the road, including texting, talking on a cell phone, and eating behind the wheel. But they are also used as a basis for conducting a pretext stop for to engage in unwarranted investigations and searches when the driver and passengers haven’t necessarily done anything wrong.