May 1, 2016 11:40 AM

Rochester Police crack down on distracted drivers talking, texting on phone

ROCHESTER - Police made 19 traffic stops and issued 14 summonses to people using their cell phones while driving Friday.

The traffic enforcement patrol made the stops as part of a crackdown on distracted drivers, specifically those using their phones while driving. The offenses ranged from talking on the phone to texting while driving.

Rochester Police Department would like to remind all of the motoring public that it is illegal to use any handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle or while in the travel portion of the roadway even when they are stopped at a traffic light or intersection. The first offense carries a $100 fine and the second offense carries a $250 fine. A third offense in two years is a $500 fine.

Rochester Police said that in the last four years, 116 fatal crashes were caused by distraction. The department also warned a driver is 23 times more likely to crash if they are texting.


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