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How many wrecks on the Leland causeway are caused by texting and driving?

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.

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