No cell phones while driving, police say

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Amherst Police issued eight charges to motorists using cell phones while driving on South Albion St. on Thursday. Connor Doucette Amherst Daily News

AMHERST – Amherst Police cracked down on motorists using their cell phones yesterday on South Albion St.

With the help of a plain-clothes officer the police were able to charge 8 people for using their phones while driving, and another 8 for driving without a seatbelt on.

Efforts to prevent drivers from using the cell-phones while driving are ongoing, said Deputy Chief Ian Naylor of the Amherst Police.

“We’re really wanting to drivers in Amherst to understand that it’s against the law and that it’s a bad idea.”

Studies have shown that cell phones reduce driver awareness and can lead to accidents, Naylor said.

“If you’re focusing on your cell phone, you’re not focused on your driving.”

Those caught using their cell phone wile driving can receive a ticket of up to $161

Organizations: Amherst Police

Geographic location: AMHERST, South Albion

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  • Taxpayer
    August 25, 2012 - 06:41

    Its funny that our Amherst finnest can charge people for the same thing that I have seen them doing in their police cars.

  • Mom Jeans
    August 24, 2012 - 20:13

    Great effort! If there was a way to keep the blabbermouths from spreading the news over FaceBook you might have caught more people on their phones.