Police in Connecticut and Massachusetts say they will now be posted on overpasses looking for drivers who are texting and driving.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has dedicated $550,000 to a new program that will allow police to spot people driving while texting. LaHood says the program is a necessary means to catch texters who trying to hide the act.
The sneakier drivers will often hold the phone below dashboard level or prop their smartphone on their steering wheel and multitask.
LaHood has a blog called “FastLane”, and he explained there: "It is more challenging for law enforcement officers to detect drivers texting behind the wheel than drivers talking on handheld devices."
According to police, there will also be stationary and moving patrols throughout the states. LaHood said the basis of the plan is to have spotters stationed above overpasses on elevated roadways.
The initiative started with new reports showing that recent texting and driving laws have not decreased the amount of driving accidents caused by texting. Lawmakers hoped the news laws would act as deterrents from texting and driving, but statistics show that is not the case.
This new program should exponentially increase the number of texting and driving tickets issued in these states during the coming months.
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