Police: Enforcing texting ban is tough

Authorities in Northwest Arkansas say it’s a challenge to enforce the state’s new ban on texting while driving, reports the Associated Press.

The law took effect in November 2009. Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor tells the Morning News that those who text while driving do present a danger, but it’s difficult for officers to discern if a person is texting or just making a phone call.

State Rep. Ray Kidd, D-Jonesboro, sponsored the bill and says officers just have to think a person is texting to stop them. Kidd says cell phone records would indicate what a person was doing on a phone.

Merry Dye of Rogers, who says her daughter died in a collision while responding to a text, says the law is not being enforced enough.

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