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Texting Ticket Numbers are low

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The state's new text message law isn't drawing a lot of tickets from drivers.

Police say they've written almost no tickets under the new law.

Believe it or not, in the three months the law has been around, Richland police say they haven't written a single ticket for texting behind the wheel.

Kennewick police also say they can't remember writing a ticket for the new law, but the State Patrol says they have written a few.  

They think the reason for the low numbers is the fact that police can't pull you over just because they see you texting.

"These are gonna be secondary infractions and so, somebody's talking on their cell phone, that won't kick in until later, but we can't stop you for that, we can only city you for that if you're caught doing something else wrong," said Capt. Mike Cobb with the Richland Police Department. 

They'd have to get you for something like speeding or swerving to hit you with that texting ticket.  

State Troopers say that's how they got people.

In fact, they say the people they've pulled over actually resembled drunk drivers, that's why they stopped them.  

A quick reminder, starting in July, simply talking on the phone while you're driving becomes illegal, but that's the same sort of secondary violation.

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