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Spokane police say texters are hard to catch

Friday, October 11, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Motorists who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash, but they’re hard to catch, say police.
   Washington State Trooper Jeff Sevigney told the Spokesman-Review that drivers often hold their cell phones on their laps, out of view. That takes their eyes clear off the road, compounding danger.
   Offenders often put their phones down completely when patrol cars appear.
   “When you drive around with a marked patrol vehicle, people suddenly remember what they’re supposed to do. That just makes it more difficult,” said Sevigney.
   Spokane County citations for texting while driving have dropped since 2011, from 1,326 to 496 as of Sept. 16.
   Read the Spokesman-Review story, which includes summary data from a recent University of Washington study on distracted driving.

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