Sgt. L.T. Hardee with N.C. Highway Patrol said the agency does not keep track of distracted driving violations, which encompasses texting and driving.
“We issue it some, but there’s not a lot out there,” he said.
Hardee said for texting and driving, it’s about catching someone in the act and if a person is under the age of 18, an officer can confiscate the phone and look through it. However, if a person is 18 or older an officer can only get verbal confirmation or denial of phone usage. An officer can charge someone if a driver is seen using a phone while driving and that person would be required to come to court and prove they weren’t.
Date posted: January 10, 2017
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