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Cary police on lookout for texting drivers

Posted June 17

— Cary police said officers will be on the lookout for texting drivers during stepped-up enforcement Wednesday.

Officers will be out in force along Cary Parkway and Maynard Road between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., searching for fast-fingered drivers.

Cary police said distracted driving has been a contributing factor in 71 crashes since 2013.

“Mobile devices today do so much more than make a simple phone call, and it’s critical to remember that the permanent damage caused by taking your eyes of the road just simply isn’t worth it,” Lt. Steve Wilkins said.

Texting while driving in North Carolina carries a $100 fine plus $190 in court costs.

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  • conservatism is right Jun 18, 6:45 p.m.

    they cannot prove you were texting and even stated so and suggested you say you are using your GPS....thanks for the advice!

  • btneast Jun 18, 4:22 p.m.

    People just don’t understand the impact these actions have until they are directly affected

    Correct. Every single person that had an accident while distracted thought they could multitask and drive ok.

  • btneast Jun 18, 4:19 p.m.

    Funny how they never mention women putting on make-up, people stuffing food in their mouths, or turning around to deal with the toddler melt-down in the back seat; all of which are serious distractions.

    Maybe that is because none of those things are illegal?

  • btneast Jun 18, 4:17 p.m.

    So you're suggesting they will write anyone a ticket who they assume is texting then waste more resources getting warrants for this information before court? No wonder we are broke.

    Doubtful. Yes, they will write a ticket for what they see as illegal use of a phone in a car......it would be up to you, or your attorney, to provide proof otherwise.....just like any other charges you would go to court for.

  • Minarchist Jun 18, 3:27 p.m.

    Like many stated how can you prove someone was actually texting and not answering a phone call... View More

    — Posted by btneast

    So you're suggesting they will write anyone a ticket who they assume is texting then waste more resources getting warrants for this information before court? No wonder we are broke.

  • ashbabyec Jun 18, 12:07 p.m.

    Trying to save lives? But are 24/7 posted up in Kangaroo gas stations doing nothing...More like trying to save their own image.

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 18, 11:53 a.m.

    I think I'll get out there with one of my childs fake cell phones and waste a little bit of... View More

    — Posted by LuvLivingInCary

    What on earth is wrong with you that that would cross your mind, even as a joke?

  • vbcouple95 Jun 18, 11:26 a.m.

    They're obviously not serious about ticketing offenders if advertising the location they're targeting. The theory of course being if people know they're being closely watched, it decreases the chances of illegal behavior. This has proven to be successful where cameras have been mounted on city streets in high crime areas but in the grand scheme of things makes a small dent in the war against crime. Even though I think we have bigger fish to fry than this issue, there have been people that have innocently lost their lives because of this and for that reason should be addressed. There are many valid comments here making comparisons to other behaviors that are a distraction while driving and they are all correct. The bottom line is that any divided thought or action while driving is a hazard whether it is eating, texting, putting on makeup, etc... People just don’t understand the impact these actions have until they are directly affected by someone thinking that they're invincible by do

  • mike honcho Jun 18, 11:15 a.m.

    I wonder if voice recognition texting counts? Like many stated how can you prove someone was... View More

    — Posted by ashbabyec

    More people die in car crashes than gun violence, Cary police have gotten a
    life......trying to save yours.

  • btneast Jun 18, 11:14 a.m.

    Like many stated how can you prove someone was actually texting and not answering a phone call or looking at GPS

    Simple, your cell provider can supply that info. There have been several serious car wrecks, as well as a car/train collision where the police pulled the cell activity and found the person was either texting or on the phone

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