8/27/2013 4:49 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - The Beckley Police Department wrote 106 citations in 15 days as part of a no texting campaign by Southern Regional Highway Safety.
The "Drive Safe Park the Phone" campaign started in July when texting and driving became a primary offense. Lt. Paul Blume told Newswatch distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents. He believes the campaign sent a strong message to motorists.
"I think a lot of people got the message and generally speaking, the public is very supportive of the law across the board," Blume said. "Everyone was supportive of the law -- that is usually until they're the one's that are stopped."
Although the campaign was successful, police said it still means a large number of people are breaking the law.
"With the 106 citations, obviously we're not reaching everyone, and we didn't expect that we would," Blume told WOAY. "We knew it would take a while to actually get this to where the motoring public accepted the law and started abiding by it."
Blume is looking into the success of the "Target Red" campaign this week.