Only 367 texting tickets were handed out in our area last year.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- During rush hour, 2 Wants To Know camped out at the intersection of Wendover Avenue and Church Street in Greensboro. On average, we caught one in five drivers fiddling with their phones. And we're not the only ones watching – police are, too. But experts say it's hard for them to enforce the law.
A 2 Wants To Know review of court records shows last year law enforcement in our 14-county viewing area handed out 367 texting while driving tickets. Attorney David Daggett believes North Carolina law makes it hard for police to catch offenders. The law says it's illegal to text or email, but talking on the phone is a-OK.
"Law enforcement has a very difficult time distinguishing whether somebody is dialing or texting. So you're not seeing a whole lot of tickets being given for texting and driving. It's very difficult to enforce," Daggett said.
Greensboro Police Department's J.B. Price wants lawmakers to require drivers to use a hands-free device while driving. That's for talking, dialing, even using your GPS. So, holding a phone would be an easy give-away.
"It would have just a little more teeth, or a little more bite, to be able to make these stops for these violations," Price said.
Price says the goal is not to write more tickets, but to stop deadly crashes caused by texting drivers.