Troopers targeting texting drivers during holiday

Posted May 24, 2013

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is putting extra focus this holiday weekend on drivers who are texting and checking email from behind the wheel.

Troopers are targeting major four-lane roads and highways, including interstates 85, 95 and 40.

In Cumberland County, troopers will be stationed every 15 miles to look out for distracted drivers.

A 2009 state law prohibits driving while texting or reading any messages on a cellphone or hand-held device. Fines begin at $100, plus court costs.

But how do you catch text-happy drivers whizzing by at 70-plus mph? Troopers said they look for tell-tale signs of weaving or sudden slowing down.

Some troopers will be in unmarked vehicles, allowing them a better shot at catching drivers in the act.

"We do encounter a lot of people on the phone,” Trooper R.D. Thomas said. “(I’ve) stopped several people running off the road, weaving in their lane.”

He said he often hears the excuse, “I was on the phone, sir.”

“Not paying attention to driving, worrying about the phone, talking on it or adjusting the radio – it's become a very common thing today with all the things we have going on in cars,” Thomas said.


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  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 May 24, 2013

    NC Red Shirt,

    Actually, I don't drive a Subaru. And, I have never texted. I don't know how. I don't have a cell phone either and wouldn't know how to use one, if I had one. So, you assume incorrectly.
    I don't want or need these devices.

  • beachman May 24, 2013

    If they would drive down us 1 any afternoon they could fill there ticket book up daliy!! I see 10 to 15 a day texing and driving. I dont see how half of them even get home with out running over someone. Texting while driving has surpassed drunken driving as the top cause of teenage deaths on U.S. roads, according to a new study. 3,000 teens die each year as a result of crashes caused by sending text messages while behind the wheel, and another 300,000 are injured in such wrecks. This law should be put at the top of the list for tickets.. They kill more than Guns!!! Ban them!!!

  • WralCensorsAreBias May 24, 2013

    good luck with that lost cause. we told you when you passed this unenforceable law that you were wasting your time. smart folks will see you a mile away and you'll never be able to prove I was texting!

    What's your cell # again?

  • sunshine1040 May 24, 2013

    Thank You Hang up the phone and watch were you are driving or walking. Have had people step right in front of me while talking on the phone in the parking lot and not pay any attention to the little ones that are with them.

  • bombayrunner May 24, 2013

    I wonder when the laws will apply to them?

  • beachlvr0804 May 24, 2013

    They need to keep an eye out for the crazy aggressive drivers. A cop is never around when you see someone weaving in and out, wreaking havoc......

  • Ex-Republican May 24, 2013

    Anyone texting while driving should be given the same punishment as a first time DUI. As a matter of fact, texting is worse because your eyes are completely off the road. That is stupidity that endangers everyone else.

  • Spock May 24, 2013

    "People driving TOO slow, concerns me!" Beth Wilson SL23

    Yeah right... point the finger at others while you run your Subaru down the road pounding your text message away.

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  • Crumps Br0ther May 24, 2013

    How about focusing on people driving 15-20 mph over the speed limit?

    How about staying out of the way.