Law Raises Awareness to Texting Problem

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A law allowing police to ticket people for texting while driving has not gone unnoticed.

State police say they knew the law would be difficult to enforce from the beginning, but even with the low number of tickets they feel it has raised awareness to the issue.

Police have only charged seven drivers with texting and driving in Rockingham County. These charges were usually the result of an accident and someone admitting to texting, or from a trooper seeing someone text and drive.

Gary Sheets Jr. thinks texting is one of the many things distracting drivers these days. He said no state law will solve this issue.

"I don't think the law is really helping the issue because there's too many cell phones, there's just way too many people. You can't really tell what people what to do in their own vehicles," Sheets said.

State police say they've successfully convicted those with the texting and driving charge. The law does not apply to those dialing 911, or to those searching for a phone number.


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