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Friday, June 24, 2011 - 1:10pm

Texting Ban Proves Hard To Enforce

Updated: 3 years ago.
State law enforcement officials say they’re having a hard time enforcing Georgia’s ban on texting while driving. It’s been nearly a year since the law was passed.

Sending or reading text messages while behind the wheel has been illegal here since July of last year. Violators are fined up to $100 and given one point on their driver’s license.

But Paul Cosper of the Georgia State Patrol says it’s still too easy for people to avoid being caught once they see police on their tail.

"At the end of the day it can be difficult because some people observe it and they want to put it in their lap and circumvent the law enforcement action."

Cosper says the State Patrol has issued about 100 citations for texting and driving since the law took affect. He says only time will tell if the law actually works.

"It’s still too early to tell. I mean, you have no [previous] numbers to compare it to. And I think next year we’ll probably start having some comparison in numbers that you can see."

Ultimately, Cosper says, he hopes the law will make people consider the dangers of distracted driving.

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