October 19, 2012

Maine police crack down on seat-belt, texting violations

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A state police crackdown over the summer resulted in nearly 3,000 combined tickets being written for failing to buckle up, distracted driving and texting while driving.

Col. Robert Williams, the head of the state police, said he told troopers to step up enforcement of those laws in July, August and September and as a result, 2,486 drivers were ticketed for not wearing their seat belts and 493 got tickets for either distracted driving or texting while behind the wheel.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said comparable figures for prior months or last summer were not available Friday.

"We all see motorists not paying attention while they are driving or not buckled up and the numbers for the past three months confirm it," Williams said.

Williams also said that troopers wrote 13,134 tickets for speeding during the three same three months.

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