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(Dothan,AL)-The no texting-while-driving law, which went into affect in the beginning of August, is slowly gaining momentum. Police say they are treating this new law like any other, and will cite offenders.
"We are looking and treating this law seriously because we want to save lives," Dothan Police Sergeant Rachel David said."We want people to know, it is a priority to keep streets safe," she said.
According to a study, more than 5,000 people die each year as a result of distracted driving. The majority of the distraction is reported to be the result of cell phone use.
"It is almost as bad as drinking while driving," Houston County Sheriff Captain Antonio Gonzalez said."It distracts you and slows your reaction time," he said.
Tickets for first time offenders are $25. The second time is $50 and third and after is $75. Additionally, a texting-while-driving ticket is recorded with the Alabama Department of Public Safety, which could drive up insurance rates for offenders.