First National Texting Enforcement Crackdown

October of 2009 a law was passed against texting while driving.

April 10- 15 officers in Arkansas would be strictly enforcing that law as a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign.

According to the Fort Smith Municipal Court, a citation for texting and driving could cost a person $215.

Lynn Lisk, Director of Paralegal Studies at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, said officers would not be able to pull drivers over at random.

According to him, officers had to have a reasonable suspicion that a driver was engaging in an illegal activity before they could pull them over.

Lisk said if drivers were texting or checking their devices at a stop light or stop sign they could be ticketed because they were still on the road.

The professor said if a person refused to show officers their phone they could receive a search warrant to check the phone.

The law states that a person under the age of 18 could not use a telephone while driving for any reason.

A person between the ages of 18-20 could talk on the phone only while using a hands free device.

Adults 21 and up were allowed to use a smartphone for calls only.

Residents in the River Valley said they supported the crack down and texting and driving was unsafe for all drivers on the road.

5 comments

  • Kevin

    This is just another way to generate revenue. Theres a million things that cause wrecks and you cant ban or fine them all. If you are really worried about it don’t drive..

  • Happy, happy, happy

    It’s about time. It is the law. I was rear ended at a stop light because the idiot behind me was texting and not paying attention. Totaled his vehicle and I’m still not over the pain caused over a year ago. from this accident. Just like children, adults need to have repercussions for breaking the laws (rules).

  • Becky

    I saw a cop texting while at a stop light.

    I saw another cop flick a cigarette out the window at night. A week later this same cop crashed the Tahoe from DWI in the same area, but they all coveted for him and said he was ran out of the road and stalled his urine screen for like 10 hours and he drank over 2 gallons of water.

    Luckily one of the cops back stabbed him and went to the County Sheriff and then all three got fired.

    I’m fine with them enforcing laws, but the cops need to be law abiding as well.

    I see cops come to a rolling stop all the time at red lights on right red turns, but if you do this, they will pull you over, or if you change lanes with in 200 feet of a red light, I see cops change lanes while going right under the red light and no blinker use what so ever.

  • mark

    & so enforcing texting, etc will only occur april 10-15? they have a big job enforcing this, but how lame is only 6 days of enforcing? if i’m pulled over for not wearing a seat belt, but drivers are allowed to distract themselves w/their devices for the remainder of the year, they might want to redefine their notion of safety. maybe i’m not seeing the pic

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