Drivers cited during texting crackdown in Cary

From staff reportsJune 19, 2014 

— Police stopped 89 drivers during a campaign to discourage texting while driving on Wednesday, though only three of them were caught texting.

Police watched Cary Parkway and Maynard Road from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, looking for drivers who were using their phones.

Only three of the 89 drivers stopped Wednesday were cited for texting behind the wheel; the rest were stopped for other violations, such as speeding, not wearing seat belts and improper registrations or equipment.

“We found it pretty difficult to sneak up on texting violations before being spotted and the drivers putting their phones away,” said Lt. Steve Wilkins, the department’s Traffic Safety Team commander. “We’re actually OK with the low number of texting violations. ... Our mission was to get the word out about the dangers of texting while driving, and I feel like we were successful in meeting that goal.”

Since 2013, distracted driving has been a cause or contributing factor in 71 crashes in Cary, according to the town. Texting while driving can result in a $100 fine in North Carolina, plus $190 in court costs.

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