Delaware officials crack down on distracted drivers

WILMINGTON, Del. - April 11, 2014

If you text and drive, police in Delaware are out to catch you, and if you think you can get away with it, police say think again.

They say they know all the tricks people use to avoid getting caught texting behind the wheel.

"They are getting a little more sly," said Sgt. Greg Shelton. "They are putting their phones on speaker."

Using a hand held device to talk or text while driving is a primary offense in Delaware.

The ticket is a total of $106 with fines included.

William Klawitter man pulled over to talk to his wife and says his family makes it a habit.

"The fine is immaterial. It's the fact that you're distracted," said Klawitter.

Police made a few stops for other offenses, but tell Action News they did catch a few people for talking or texting Friday.

Most people seem to have gotten the message including a teenager who parked to text.

"I see more adults on phones than I do kids, because they think they are more experienced and what not," said Michael Cardano.

Cardano is president of his school's Students Against Destructive Decisions Chapter. He says he yells at his friends if they text and drive.

Statistics show 20 to 24-year-olds are the age group most involved in cell phone related crashes; with 25 to 29-year-olds second, and 19 and younger 3rd.

"It's not worth the ticket. It's not worth your life either. You are going to hit somebody. You are going to kill somebody. It can wait. Pull over," said Sgt. Shelton.

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