During the first day of a new texting and driving ban in Beaufort, no citations were issued. The ordinance was passed in September and bans all drivers from texting, and prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a phone while driving. The first offense is $50, while the next violations go up to $150 each time. The violations do not add points to a driver’s license. Police say they didn’t issue tickets because on the first day of the ban they weren’t just looking for texting drivers. South Carolina represents one of 11 states without a statewide ban, according to news reports.
Next time you are out and about in your car, you better buckle up and make sure you are paying attention to the road or you might find yourself on the wrong end of a ticket. The Ottawa police conducted traffic monitoring which resulted in 41 tickets being issued, and they left their police uniforms in their locker.
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Because it can be difficult to prove that a motorist was actually texting while driving, cops have issued less citations. Phone records would need to be subpoenaed, or the driver would have to outright admit to texting while driving. The article encourages those to pull over to the side of the road – or better yet, in a parking lot – when they need to read or type a text, or take a phone call.
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Speeding tickets issued along the West Virginia Turnpike in the last two months of 2010 nearly tripled due to efforts by the Virginia State Police to combat speeding. According to news reports, police started monitoring the 88-mile highway which stretches from Charleston to Princeton in late September. Compared to October 2009′s 272 tickets, police issued over twice as many tickets for speeding, at 604. Troop 7′s captain said the crackdown will increase safety along the highway.
“Since I’ve been out here, my push is to write more citations for speeding rather than warning for speeding,” the troop’s captain told members of the Parkways Authority board Tuesday. “I feel if word gets out that you’re going to get a ticket for speeding on the Turnpike, it’s going to reduce speeding.” Building upon their need for safety, officers tripled speeding violations in November and December. In November, citations increased 208%, from 249 tickets to 767 one year later. Tickets given to commercial drivers rose from 9 to 39, meaning the entire number of tickets rose 212%.
In the same months, arrests for drunken driving, felony, and misdemeanors also rose 46%. As a Virginia personal injury lawyer, I am glad that police are taking renewed efforts to raise highway safety standards. If you or a loved one were involved in a collision involving a negligent driver, consult with a Virginia car accident lawyer who can evaluate your claim.