Local & Regional News
1:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Arkansas Police Join Effort To End Texting & Driving

Law enforcement agencies across Arkansas are joining a national effort to stop texting while driving.

Arkansas State Police said Monday that the crackdown is part of a six-day national program that begins Thursday.

The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign combines officers watching for drivers who are texting along with a national advertising and media plan designed to inform the public about stepped-up patrols and a driver's responsibility to obey the law.

Arkansas law prohibits texting while driving and is a primary offense, meaning a law officer can make a traffic stop without seeing any other violation.

Violators can be fined up to $100.

The campaign is a national initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.