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Jun 26, 2012 7:27 PM by Steven Albritton

State Police Crackdown On Texting and Driving

Louisiana State Troopers are hitting the roads to put an end to texting and driving. They are using a team effort of marked and unmarked vehicles to catch people in the act of breaking the law.

The unmarked vehicle will search for people swerving and constantly looking up and down from their phone. Once confirmed the person was in fact texting, they will dispatch a marked unit in the area to make the traffic stop. The first offense is $175 and a second offense will cost you $500.

"There's a lot of different things you're having to do while you're driving. Input and output on the gas and break, scanning all of your mirrors, looking 10-15 seconds down the road," State Trooper Stephen Hammons said.

The overall goal is to educate people of the dangers of texting and driving.

"I can remember one case from about a year ago where died in an accident, and we know for a fact this person was on their phone at the time of the accident," Hammons said.

He also said that drivers need to stay alert and be ready to maneuver around any obstacle that may lie ahead.

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