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New Mexico’s texting while driving ban takes effect

Created: 07/01/2014 4:05 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

We’ve all seen them.

“They’re not even looking at the road anymore. They’re just looking down,” said Jose Astorga.

“I saw a guy one day that never lifted his head. He was like this, texting,” said Stephanie Padilla.

Admit it – some of you do it, too. “I looked up and something was a little closer than I thought it was,” added Astorga.

So it probably came as no surprise that New Mexico has become the newest state to ban texting while driving. “They can’t possibly survive if they can’t text every few minutes,” said Michael Martinez.

Martinez is a local driving instructor and he said the statistics are real. Take this, for example, a driver that is texting is 23 times more likely to crash than a driver that isn’t. “All it takes is just a moment of distraction, just a moment of not paying attention and it can happen to you,” added Martinez.

Even if you’re at a stop light, or stuck in traffic, you could get a ticket.

Even though the fines are $25 for the first offense and $50 for the second offense, there are additional fees imposed on all citations. These fees bring the total fine to $82 for the first offense and $107 for the second and subsequent offenses.

 

The Insurance Information Institute told KOB insurance rates could also go up if you get a ticket for texting while driving. 


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