ATLANTA -- Can -- and should -- the texting-while-driving ban for Georgians be strengthened?
On Monday we released the numbers of an 11Alive News investigation that learned that the state had received 245 convictions for texting while driving since the passing of the ban last year. The numbers average out to fewer than one conviction per day.
On Tuesday, we looked further into whether anything could be done to improve the numbers.
We started with the Georgia State Patrol; their 800 troopers are giving out barely 10 citations a month for texting while driving. We asked GSP Lieutenant Paul Cosper what might help.
"Would an unmarked vehicle work?" Cosper said. "Sure. Traffic cameras in the intersection? Perhaps."
As to whether it would be easier to enforce as an entire cell phone ban while driving, Cosper said, "Theoretically, I guess it would make it easier.