September 19, 2012
Texting and driving continues to be a dangerous problem nationwide. A texting while driving ban was passed in 2009 but since then it is still a tough subject with everyone, including the police.
Some people say the texting and driving issue reminds them of the old days when drunken driving wasn't taken seriously enough. Eventually DUI laws stiffened up, of course. And that is what people are hoping for texting and driving.
Since the ban in 2009, Albemarle County Police have given out 18 tickets and Charlottesville Police have given out three tickets.
For the officer who pull the vehicle over, it's kind of hard for them to determine whether or not they were dialing the phone or texting," Public Information Officer for the Charlottesville Police Department, Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts, said.
We all know someone who does it and whether we want to admit it or not there is a common reason why.
"It's the feeling that they cannot wait until they stop or pull over to communicate with that person," Charlottesville resident, Chris Williams said.
"The text comes up, it's business, you're tempted to take a look and take the risk," Charlottesville resident, Elizabeth Bellini, said.
Police say it is definitely a way of life for the younger generation. But that's what is frightening for the older generations.
"Especially grandmother's that want to see their grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. And you're depriving us of that privilege," Bellini said. "I can't believe that something that costs a thousand dollars or two-hundred dollars, or whatever, can end your life."
So what can be done about this law that is so tricky to enforce?
"The geniuses of the future need to figure out a way for the texting to not work once you get in the car," Bellini says. "There's a problem and there's always an invention. So invent this!"
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