Police send reminder it's illegal to text and drive
It's illegal to text in a vehicle, even if you're stopped at a stoplight. It's okay to dial the phone to call someone while you're sitting at the light, but no texting. A state law making texting while driving a primary offense went into effect July 1. Talking on a cellphone while driving was made a secondary offense then, and beginning July 1, 2013 you'll have to have a hands free device to talk on a cell phone in the car. Police say despite the new laws in effect, they're still noticing a problem with texting while driving. Fines for first offenses are $50; for second offenses, $100; and for third and subsequent offenses, $200.