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Delaware Law Enforcement Officers Crack Down on Cell Phone Use

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DOVER, Del. - Using your cell phone with a handheld device is illegal in Delaware, but more drivers are violating that law.

It's something James Johnson of Seaford says he sees too much of.

"I'm sitting on the road and somebody slams on brakes. I look over there. They on the phone," said Johnson.

Law enforcement officers across the state are taking notice.

They are conducting a one day enforcement blitz, looking for drivers who break the law. According to the State of Delaware Office of Highway Safety, this year alone, 14,712 citations have been given out.

Lt. Pires with Dover PD says drivers still aren't getting the message.

"I think a lot of people ignore those statistics until it hits close to home and then they pay attention to those statistics," said Pires.

Glen Flemming of Laurel is one of them.  

"I had a relative that got stopped for talking on the phone and it was well over $100, so I figured a $30 investment (of a Bluetooth device) was better than a 100 plus dollar ticket," said Flemming.

Pires says distracted driving can lead to more than just a ticket.

"Think about this, if you receive a text or a phone call you are distracted for about five seconds. In a five second time frame, if you're traveling 55 miles an hour, you're going to travel 100 yards without paying attention to what's going on on the roadways," said Pires.

It's that inattentive driving that Johnson says can kill.  

"You could be the one who runs into someone, kills someone or hurts someone or kills yourself," said Johnson.

It's a simple message that can save a life.

Law enforcement officials say additional one day enforcement blitzes will continue next year in February and April.

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