Some NM residents are not taking texting and driving ban seriously

Created: 07/09/2014 4:29 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Now nine days old and New Mexico’s ban on texting and driving is hard to grasp for some people. Patricia Brown says people are not taking the new texting ban seriously. “Cause people are still doing it,” she said as she was waiting for a red light at 20th Street and Butler Avenue today.  She was not driving.

Farmington Police, however, are serious.

“We are very serious about enforcing this law,” emphasized Sgt. Dave Monfils, of the Farmington Police traffic division.

Monfils says officers are using unmarked units to find people who are texting and driving.

“We also know that when somebody sees a marked unit that they are going to put their phone down and try to hide it from us.” He paused. “We do know the tricks,” he continued with a smile.

We rode along with Sergeant Monfils on one of those unmarked patrols.  

Just a few minutes into the ride, Monfils spotted a driver he suspected was texting and driving.

The driver just got a warning after she explained that she was changing a song on her iPod.

He said the ticket would have been $120.

Monfils says right now education will be the biggest part of enforcement, but he says people have to learn.

“It’s going to be a hard habit to break when people stop at red lights, to check the phone, but you are still in control of your vehicle.”

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