Low Number of Central VA Drivers Cited for Texting & Driving

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State police have cited hundreds of Virginia drivers for texting and driving. But in central Virginia, it seems people are keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Across Virginia, 328 people have been cited by state police. In central Virginia, state police have ticketed 16 people - and in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, police have cited even fewer.

Since the law making texting while driving a primary offense went into effect last July, Charlottesville police have written only four citations. It is the same number in Albemarle County.

Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts of the Charlottesville Police Department says there could be a number of reasons for the low numbers.

"There are a host of other violations that the officers are focusing on and not just the one issue of texting and driving," said Roberts. 

This law does not apply to law enforcement officials or first responders. It also doesn't apply to using GPS. 

Madison County says its management system isn't tallying the information and Fluvanna, Greene and Augusta counties have not responded to our requests for their numbers.