CBS4 Investigation Finds Spotty Enforcement Of Distracted Driving Law
November 7, 2012 11:00 PM
" AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)- Although people who text and drive are 23 more times likely to get in a crash according to transportation authorities, a CBS4 Investigation has found spotty, sometimes non-existent enforcement of Colorado’s much ballyhooed distracted driving law which went into effect in 2009.
Some Front Range police departments have given out hardly any citations for underage cell phone use or texting and driving, while other departments have made it a higher priority.
The law prohibits drivers under 18 from using a cell phone or texting while driving, and drivers over 18 are prohibited from texting or other similar forms of manual data entry or transmission when they are behind the wheel.
But over the last three years, the Aurora Police Department has not written a single ticket to a teenager for cell phone use while driving, and the department has written just five citations to adults for texting while driving.
“Obviously, we are in marked vehicles and people usually tend to follow the rules when they see the police,” said Aurora Police Sgt. Bill Revelle. “It’s just difficult "
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