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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Starting Sunday, the Georgia State Patrol will enforce the state's texting and driving law. It went into effect July first, but troopers gave you a grace period.

Dougherty County Police planned to enforce the law from the beginning, but they haven't yet cited anyone.

They say it's tough to determine whether a driver is dialing their phone or texting someone, so they're reluctant to pull someone over for the violation. 

"No one wants to be stopped if they haven't violated the law,"  said Dougherty County Police Lt. Tom Jackson. "One of our biggest things with traffic violations, people are more argumentative over a traffic citation than they are a criminal charge, no one wants to be stopped for what they think they aren't doing wrong."

They say if someone is involved in a serious crash, they won't hesitate to subpoena phone records to determine whether texting may have contributed to the crash.

Remember... It's illegal for young drivers to use a phone at all behind the wheel.

 

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