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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