Few drivers in Hampton Roads cited for texting while driving

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 9 at 6:01 PM

NORFOLK- It's been more than a month since Virginia's new texting while driving ban took effect, but questions are rising over enforcement.

Police have the ability to pull you over for texting while driving and the fine is $125 for the first citation. 

“Are police out there looking for it? No. But if officers see you texting and driving, they will write the ticket,” Virginia Beach Police MPO Grazia Moyers warned.

Since the law took effect July 1, just a handful of drivers have been ticketed.  In Virginia Beach, officers have written eight tickets for the offense. Chesapeake police have handed out seven tickets and Newport News police have given three tickets. Hampton and Suffolk officers have each given two citations for texting and driving.

There are some concerns with enforcement, because drivers can legally use their GPS, dial a number on their smart phone, search for contacts and information on the Internet.

Drivers are not required to hand over their phones after being pulled over, but a spokesperson with Norfolk Police says they do plan on writing tickets and leaving it in the hands of a judge.

 

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