Lexington, NC -- Every second you look down to text while driving at 70 miles per hour, you travel more than 100 feet. That's the height of a 10 story building.
Yet, 13 percent of people in an online survey by Kelley Blue Book admit they still text while driving.
Since the law went into effect December 1st in North Carolina, State Highway Patrol troopers have written 556 citations statewide. 13 of those tickets were in Davidson County, 19 in Guilford County and 8 in Forsyth County.
Citiations in other Triad counties were Alamance with 18, Randolph County with 12 and Rockingham County with 2.
NC State Highway Patrol Sergeant, Michael Ward said it's one of the harder laws to enforce. Troopers expect more violators are out there.
"It's very dangerous because they are driving along the road. They can't concentrate on the vehicles in front of them or their speed if they're holding a handheld device, pushing buttons, looking down when they should be paying attention to what's going on in front beside and behind them," stated Sgt. Ward.
Fines and court costs for texting while driving are $241.
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