Texting while driving is illegal, and the police have no trouble finding offenders. State Police Lt. Dave Byrd says a recent enforcement detail produced 100 tickets in two hours, even though the cops were in plain sight. “The only people who saw us were the people who were not texting and driving, so that just gives you an indication that people are not paying attention because … we saw several people go by doing it, and the only people who actually saw the state police were people who were paying attention and driving and looked up and saw us,” he said.
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Byrd says these are not hard cases to prove; he says most people admit to texting while driving when they’re pulled over. The standard fine is $120. Byrd says texting-while-driving crashes are usually not as serious as drunk driving crashes, but they are more common.