Troy To Begin Ticketing For Distracted Driving

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texting while driving e1285103719346 Troy To Begin Ticketing For Distracted DrivingA distracted driver ordinance in the city of Troy will soon take full effect, with police issuing tickets starting October 1st.

The ordinance actually went into effect in July, but Troy Police Sgt. Bob Redmond tells WWJ that, up till now, only warnings have been issued.

“Stopping people that we see texting on a cell phone, or talking on a cell phone, or any other driving behavior that seems to be distracting — such as, you’re drinking a cup of coffee but you’re swerving all over the road as you’re doing so,” Redmond said.

An estimated 200 motorists have received warnings so far.

Redmond said he enforcement really depends on the judgement of the officer. If an officer thinks that drinking coffee, eating a sandwich, or driving with you pet is distracting you, you’ll get a ticket.

He said texting or talking on a cell phone will get you a ticket for sure.

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