El Pasoans Driving...Cell Phones in Hand
POSTED: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 5:02pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 7:46pm
EL PASO- We've all seen it and some of you may have done it yourself. We're talking about texting or talking while driving. While it's illegal in El Paso, NewsChannel 9's Matt Rivers found out many drivers don't seem to care.
It's been against the law since March. Using your cell phone while driving, texting included, can get you a quick ticket from police. But El Pasoans seem ready to run the risk
"Probably no decrease since the law passed, and it's usually the people that frustrate me on the road," said El Pasoan Miguel Bonilla.
A study from the Texas Transportation Institute says 85 percent of Texans think texting or talking while driving has gotten worse.
So we decided to find out for ourselves how bad the situation really is. Starting at noon, we stood out on the Glory Road and Mesa intersection for a half hour.
We counted 33 people either texting or talking.
Next we went up to Mesa and Executive to do the same thing, where we met Pastor Tony Jackson collecting money for a church charity. He says he sees plenty of drivers breaking the law.
In 30 minutes, we've counted 53 people either talking or texting. Combine that with our last intersection and we've counted over 80 people using their cell phones while driving in just over an hour.
Illegal or not, El Pasoans just don't seem ready to put down the phone.