States try to expand fight against texting and driving

Some states that have secondary texting and driving laws argue that they might as well not have any texting and driving bans because the secondary texting and driving measures are so hard to enforce. As a result, states that have secondary texting and driving laws are trying to reinforce their enforcement options by changing the laws to primary legal measures.

Under a secondary texting and driving law, police officers have to pull drivers over for another reason like speeding before they can ticket drivers for texting. Under a primary texting and driving ban, police officers have the ability to pull drivers over if they see drivers texting and driving. Many of those in law enforcement believe secondary laws make the task of enforcement too difficult, especially for texting and driving.

When drivers decide to text they keep their phones below the line of the car windows. According to law enforcement officials it is practically impossible to enforce a secondary driving and texting ban and secondary bans do not create compliance. Many states that have converted their secondary texting and driving laws to primary laws have seen an increased number of citations. Hopefully those same states will see a corresponding decline in distracted driver south Florida car accidents as well.

For example, the state of Washington changed its texting and driving law from secondary to primary last year. During the last six months of the year the number of citations for texting and driving increased by 143 percent. The increase occurred after the primary law went into effect. New Jersey, which does not separately categorize texting and phone citations, saw an increase as well. The monthly number of talking and texting violations before the law changed was 1,000. After the law changed to primary, the monthly citation total became 10,000.

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