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Few Tickets Given on First Day of Cell Phone Ordinance

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Not many tickets were issued during the first full day of enforcement for the City's new distracted driving ordinance.

Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson said that only two tickets were issued Monday because officers were concentrating on Veterans Day events. Simpson said he is happy with the campaign to educate local drivers of the new hands-free restrictions.

"Yesterday I stopped three people myself, and it was kind of comical because you know, I go up to the car and right away they recognize me," Simpson said. "My question to them was 'Do you know why I pulled you over?' and all three, without fail, 'Yes. I was on my cell phone.' So that tells me that the word has gotten out and that some people are taking their chances."

Simpson said that, for the past month, only 500 warning tickets were issued even though the department printed 5,000. As of Monday, tickets issued to drivers caught on their cell phones will cost them up to $500.

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