Skip to comments.Cop claims he’s issued nearly 800 tickets for texting and driving
Posted on 09/24/2013 6:57:08 AM PDT by markomalley
Channel 2 Action News has learned one Gwinnett County police officer has given more tickets for texting and driving than any other officer in the state.
Ch. 2s Amanda Cook spoke with the officer about how drivers are making it so easy for him to give the tickets.
Gwinnett County Police Officer Jessie Myers said if you do anything on your phone besides make or receive a phone call, he will pull you over. He said the most common place to catch you in the act right at traffic lights.
Ive written almost 800 tickets for unlawful communications device this year," Myers said..
Myers expects he'll reach 1,000 tickets by year's end.
"Probably not going to be hard for me to do at the pace I'm on," Myers said.
Myer said he sees most people typing away on their phones while waiting at red lights.
"Most people think they're safe there," Myers said.
However, he said its still illegal.
"At a red light, you're still driving. according to the law. You're on a roadway, behind (the wheel of) a car, in charge of it, with a vehicle in drive," Myers said.
Myers said most people don't realize you can't access any Internet or web-based data while driving.
"All applications are web-based to some extent, including navigation," Myers said.
One driver said she was just using her phone's GPS. The law forbids that and Myers issued her a ticket.
"That's right. You can't use your navigation while driving. Unless it is a GPS-only device, such as Garmin or Tom Tom, something that is not used as a communication device," Myers said.
The officer told us a little trick he uses: If he can't see your screen directly, he just counts the number of times you touch your screen.
If its beyond 10, they're not making a phone call," Myers said.
Eight hundred tickets later, Myers hopes some drivers have learned phones are for phone calls only.
"This may stop them from picking up their phone five miles down the road or three days from now, Myers said.
Using a GPS map program on your phone?
I never realized how safe Gwinnett County was until I read this piece...where I live, cops are needed to stop crime.
Yer not a cop.
You’re on a power trip.
Don't convict yourself remain silent.
People who text or talk on cell phones while they drive are fools who endanger the rest of us. I have no problem with what this cop is doing.
“at a red light? “
Morons don’t notice when the light turns green
If he ticketed me he had better be prepared to show up in court and swear under oath how he could magically see into up into my SUV from sitting much lower in a patrol car and be able to tell through my tinted windows in the couple seconds he was beside me that I had a phone in my hand as opposed to another dark object such as a wallet or eyeglass case and I was using said phone to text as opposed to simply holding it.
“Morons dont notice when the light turns green”
Yes they do! Right after the car behind them blasts their horn! LOL
It’s a new category of wasted time...yearly total of waiting for the idiot in front of you to look up and realize the light has turned green.
I couldn't agree more. That cop is saving lives.
But let’s face it, we’re a nation of wee baby-dults. We’ll do as we damn well please, consequences be damned.
Are you planning to lie under oath, Mr Clinton?
Ditto. They're operating a multi-ton piece of machinery containing massive kinetic energy among people in public. A little responsibility is warranted.
“Do you know why I pulled you over?”
“Uh, yer a cop?”
While I think that would be extremely funny, I'm sure the cop in this story wouldn't find it funny at all. As someone else pointed out, that must be a great place to live where cops have nothing better to do. I always think that same thing when I see speed traps set up on deserted rural roads. No assaults, property crimes, meth labs, nothing for you guys to be looking into today? Just going to chill on the side of the road and rake in a few $ for the County?
That's why it's best to be first in line at the red light.
There's always somebody behind you to alert you to the change...
Cops: revenuers for the welfare state.
Let’s be real honest here. The purpose of the law is to punish distracted driving. The spirit of the law is to prevent death, injury, or property damage. While technically you are “driving” while at a red light, how distracted are you? What is the likelihood of causing a traffic collision? The worst situation I can imagine is some idiot punching out a person who has not moved when the light turned green, but I think that would be minimal.
Most states already have laws against distracted driving. If someone is swerving and unable to maintain their position in a lane, they are either intoxicated or distracted (most of the time). In either case, the driver needs to be stopped and an investigation to ensure. An arrest for driving under the influence or a ticket for distracted driving could be the consequence, depending on the facts.
To single out a form of communication is ridiculous, in my humble opinion.
I think the power trip description was accurate. What goes around comes around.
He will get time off or overtime for his time in court. Either way, he wins and the taxpayers lose. That is how wonderful our system of crime fighting works here.
Good for him! I was rear ended two months ago while driving down the road at 45 MPH by a ditz who was texting. That’s right...I was rear ended, while driving...not stopped at a light or slowing for a turn...moving steadily down the road. She was doing at least 60.
Great, teach people to not text at a red light, and save their texting for while they’re driving at 70mph.
Have you all noticed the “texting gap”? The guy in front of you leaves an enormous following distance in front of him. On a multi-lane highway, everyone cuts in front of him, making you late for work. That is they guy the cops should be ticketing.
Do you want a society without any law enforcement whatsoever? Really?
Certainly not, in fact I, being the defendant, will never even be under oath, but the cop will, that is if he even shows up, most will simply skip the hearing meaning the ticket is thrown out by the court. I got out of one ticket like that back in the 1990's, several years ago I got out of another one because the cop wrote an incorrect VIN number on the ticket. It's worth it to go to court for traffic tickets, 70% of the time you will win.
All he has to do is get a copy of your cell phone records, which will document the date and time of your activity on the phone, if you were on the phone.
If you were not on the phone, the charges would be dropped.
Trust me, having worked in the legal field for 15 years, no law enforcement agency is going go through the time and effort of getting a subpeona for cell phone records for a $100 traffic violation....
When the judge asks you a question, you WILL be under oath.
In Georgia you would also get a ticket for having tinted windows. You could go to court but my experience is that the judge will ignore any defense you might present unless you have a lawyer.
” Do you want a society without any law enforcement whatsoever? Really?”
This is analogous to the 15mph sign being hidden behind some brush and a cop waiting to nail people who don’t see the sign (a few places in King George County VA like that)
Nothing wrong with speed limits, but the goal should be safe driving, not revenue collection.
Look at this guy: he’ll issue a ticket if somebody is using a navigation program on the phone, but not if they are using a Garmin.
He’ll issue a ticket if they are at a light (maybe looking for a way out of tyre traffic jam), but the person could be jabbering away on the phone, but no problem.
I wonder if he would pull a woman over for curling her hair or putting on panty house while speeding down 485? (I’ve seen both) Our the guy eating dinner behind the wheel. Out the pour mother with screaming toddlers? Or ...
This dude its just a revenue collector.
This LEO moron, stress moron, wants us trying to read a paper map with tiny text and legends while driving. Yeah, that's loads safer than listening to a voice telling you to turn right in 1/4 mile.
Just to be sure you heard me, this LEO is a moron!
Vey much reminds me of the character Javert in Les Miserables.
...then they act all pissed off that you honk at them to get going.
Having gone to traffic court for tickets several times before, the only questions I have ever been asked by the judge is the standard "Your Name?" "Do you dispute this ticket?" Then the judge would call the ticketing officer to the stand who would give his side. "At 3:42 PM Wednesday the 22, I observed the defendent texting....etc" Then I would have an opportunity to question him. The judge isn't permitted to ask "Did you do it?", "Were you on a cell phone?" (that would be forced self incrimination).
You have to have rather dark windows to get a ticket in Georgia. More than 32% on the side and back windows and the top 6 inches of the windshield.
Agreed. Texters are dangerous to everyone.
However, this was disturbing: “Gwinnett County Police Officer Jessie Myers said if you do anything on your phone besides make or receive a phone call, he will pull you over.”
I thought it was already illegal to talk on the phone, including making or receiving calls. Texters are not the only hazards on the road. After all these years of cell phone use, people STILL drive extremely slowly or dangerously while on the phone, yet these people are excluded from his ticketing.
A lot of morons don’t notice when the light turns green, who aren’t texting.
Next up: an app that shows where the all pigs are, real time, and advises you to put down your mobile device when one becomes near. Probably that app would be censored by the state, for “national security” reasons. Although it’s really just all about the revenue.
a couple years ago I would have argued against the cop the necessity for these laws.
Today, the streets have gotten much more dangerous with these selfish people.
If he was on a power trip, he'd be giving tickets to folks who only touched keys ten or fewer times.
Come down here to So Cal where traffic is fast and furious and idiot texters are driving 50 mph on a surface street with stoplights, cross traffic, and pedestrians.
Down here, this cop would be saving fenders, hospital bills, and lives. People who text and drive, in my personal observation MEN (young men) more frequently than women, deserve to have their asses kicked off the road.
The people on power trips are the arrogant morons who wrongly think they're smart enough to read, text with one finger, and drive a vehicle at high speeds all at the same time.
The cop doesn't even have to go that far. He will simply lie in court and the judge, who is also part of the revenue system, will take his word over a citizen every time.
There's some world-class irony there. Law enforcement is supposed to enhance safety, not destroy it, and "most people" covers a lot more than the criminal class whom law enforcement is supposed to be against. Nope, you the common person aren't safe so long as pigs such as Myers are on the prowl.
I don’t get ANY law enforcement today.
I want a society that has SOME law enforcement.
All I get now is Revenuers For The Welfare State who harass innocent citizens attempting to legally go about their day.
Meanwhile, murder, rape, grand theft, drug dealing, vandalism, etc. all go un-enforced and un-punished.
That is my entire experience of “Law Enforcement” over 52 years.
You likely benefit from law enforcement even though you don’t realize it directly. The very presence of a police force in a jurisdiction has SOME effect on the crime rate. You can deny this, but if the police force in your community were immediately disbanded, you would see a significant spike in crime.
Use some common sense, for Pete's sake.
I swear, most of the folks who think this cop's a demon, must live where traffic is mighty s-l-o-w. Either that, or they don't get out much or pay attention when they DO get out.
Completely agree. I don't know how many times I have avoided accidents, by the grace of God, due to some idiot yapping on a phone or texting. That, or been in a long traffic jam in the passing lane because some oblivious phone addict is blocking it.
I’ve reported half a dozen crimes in my life.
Once, my car was stolen. It was eventually returned to me with the THIEF’S WALLET UNDER THE FRONT SEAT. The cops did nothing with that wallet. They did not arrest the man. They returned his wallet and wished him a NICE FRIGGIN’ DAY!
I witnessed a drug deal in front of my house this summer. I got a good description and license plate. THE COPS DID NOTHING.
There was a murder on my bike route to work several weeks ago. The cops have nothing, do nothing, and keep writing tickets.
There was a shooting of a bum by the freeway by a cop. The bum had tried to rush the cop, but missed. Then the bum walked away, across the road. The cop chased him down and shot him when he wasn’t a threat. She’s going to get away with it based on the most recent press reports.
I know a town where the most dangerous gang is THE COPS. They speed, they terrorize, they have all the power, and everyone knows: DO NOT CALL THE COPS.
I can go on for a good hour.
My entire experience is that the cops are the most well organized and powerful gang in town. Do not f*** with them. Do not engage. I have had a dozen interactions over my life with cops, and never, not once, were they enforcing laws against bad guys.
Try blasting the horn while the light's still red. Oh the fun of watching them drive straight into the cross-traffic!