Texting While Driving Tickets on Rise

Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens was a guest recently on our Public Pulse news talk show. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens was a guest recently on our Public Pulse news talk show. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

Texting while driving has become a growing problem, locally. Chief Rich Adriaens of the Sheridan police force said his department has written 24 tickets for texting over the latest three-year period of tallies, which was since 2010 when the law was enacted through the end of last year. Texting on a cell phone was banned for all drivers, regardless of age or driving experience.

The chief said, texting, though, is just one of many ways a driver can be distracted by the latest technology.

But, he said, tracking the effects of cell-phone use on driving remains difficult.

So, he said, those are all issues that are not showing up in crash statistics. However, he said, when the number of minor crashes rises like they have in Sheridan over the past year, the cause is usually due to distracted driving.

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