Few tickets issued for texting while driving

8:01 PM, Mar 6, 2012   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS MAKER) -- While cell phone-related car crashes are becoming more common, police departments across the state are issuing few tickets for texting while driving.

Police in Bangor, Bucksport and Orono have not issued any tickets for operating a motor vehicle while texting. Ellsworth reports just one.

According to the Office of the Secretary of State, there have been two texting while driving convictions in the state this year.

Police say texting while driving may be common, but it's difficult to catch.

"It's just hard, unless you see, that you can write a ticket for it," said Sgt. Paul Edwards from the Bangor Police Department.

Driving instructor Joel Small thinks it's because people are hiding phones in front of steering wheels and below them.

"It's like kids when they text in class, they hide their phone, they put it down low," said Small.

Small teaches about 100 students each year at his two driving schools, the Bangor Driving School and the Hampden Driving School.

He is also a police officer in Hampden, and understands why police are issuing few tickets.

"We can't stop people based on assumptions," he said.


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