State troopers issue 36 tickets during statewide distracted driving crackdown

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Alabama state troopers wrote 36 citations during a recent crackdown of the state’s texting-while-driving law, according to our news partners at AL.com.

The enforcement sweep ran April 10 through April 15. Officials said they used traditional and “innovative” methods to catch driver’s in the act, including patrols in unmarked cars.

The “U. Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign was sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokeswoman Robyn Bryan told our news partners at AL.com, given the shortage of state troopers statewide, troopers did extra enforcement as best they could. The 36 citations do not include any tickets given by local law enforcement agencies during the six-day campaign.

Since January 1, troopers report they have written 485 tickets statewide for driving while texting.

Alabama’s texting law went into effect in 2012. The state fines are $25 for the first violation, $50 for the second, and $75 for the third and subsequent violations.