We’ve all heard and seen the horrifying public service announcements about the dangers of distracted driving , especially texting and driving. While the results of not paying attention while driving can be very apparent, officers say that actually enforcing texting while driving laws is difficult. For this reason, Gwinnett county police officers conducted a two-day undercover operation in December to catch offenders and write tickets for texting and driving.
During the operation, three Gwinnett county police officers were positioned in unmarked SUVs along Pleasant Hill Road. Upon seeing someone they thought was texting while driving, they signaled to other officers down the road to pull the car over. During the crackdown, officers wrote 17 citations during one, 11 hour span. Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said in article from The Gwinnett Daily Post that these results were “pretty telling” of the problem’s prevalence. Smith said that similar operations will not happen regularly because of the man power required; however, drivers should be aware it will happen intermittently in the future.
As a Gwinnett traffic attorney with over 18 years of specialized experience representing clients for traffic offenses ranging from speeding to vehicular homicide, Mickey Roberts (MRGADUI) understands that fighting a traffic ticket can be a complex matter. Mickey shares, “what a lot of folks don’t realize about the new texting and driving law is that you don’t need to physically be texting for police to pull you over. According to SB360, any individual who is caught manipulating their cell phone and transferring data by texting, checking email, etc. can be cited.”
Currently, anyone who receives a texting citation also receives a $150 fine and a point on their driver’s license. The relatively new law is still rather gray, as Corporal Smith stated in the aforementioned article about what is and isn’t allowed of driving cell users, “If you’re mounting it to the dash, or looking at it from time to time, that’s fine,” Smith said. “But you can’t be fooling with it.”
To learn more about the latest cell phone laws, visit the MRGADUI blog. To inquire about legal representation for traffic offenses, contact Mickey G. Roberts. You can also connect with Mickey on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.