Texting and Driving Ban Starts Next Week

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
Starting August 1st, drivers will have to put down that cell phone when driving.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre shares a text message from his nephew with the media during a press conference Friday, Oct. 19, 2007 Rye Brook, N.Y. On Thursday Torre rejected a contract offer from the Yankees to return as manager. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

That’s when the no texting law goes into effect.
That's only a week away, so you need to prepare for the change.
It’s the question on everybody’s minds, what rules are part of the no texting law?

“The law specifically states electronic devices, pda's, computers, anything for texting and driving or receiving a message where you have to read it and respond.” Dothan police sergeant Jeremy Collins said.

The law also includes instant messages and emails, but what about g-p-s systems?

“You have to preprogram it before you leave your destination so you can’t be programming it while driving down the road way.” Collins said.

If you need to make a call, Collins says dial away.

“You can still make a phone call, you can still use your address book for the way the law reads to look up someone and dial that person or number.” Collins said.

If you’re worried that you won’t be able to communicate as much while on the road, there are some options you can look into.

“The best and really only option and we’ve already gone through this lots of our customers are truck drivers, and they've got Bluetooth. That’s the only way, the safe way for when you have to use communication that will work.” Wiregrass Wireless owner Allen Sands said.

If an officer catches you texting, be prepared to get a ticket.

“The first offense is 25 dollars second 50, the third and subsequent offense is 75, but if you add in court costs the first ticket is 2-hundred and nine dollars and fifty cents...for a text message.” Collins said.

Collins has seen firsthand how a simple text message can become dangerous very quickly.

“They actually appear to be intoxicated drivers I’ve personally pulled people over for that just to realize they are texting and driving.” Collins said.

And that’s a sight Collins hopes to see disappear with this law.
Now if you are pulled over, you won’t only get a ticket, you'll also have two points added to your license.


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