DUNWOODY, GA - While it's against the law to text and drive in
Georgia, it's okay for an adult to talk on the phone behind the wheel.
But this story proves you can still get in trouble, especially if you
keep talking after you've been pulled over for bad driving.
"I was dumbfounded at first," Dunwoody Police Sgt. Aaron Belt told 11Alive News on Wednesday.
His department was so amazed they put the story on their official twitter feed.
Just before dawn, Sgt. Belt spotted a small car make two illegal
turns and practically stop at two green lights along Perimeter Center
East...all while the driver was talking on a cell phone.
He pulled him over to check him out.
But just as Sgt. Belt was explaining why he'd made the stop, the
driver interrupted him to answer yet another phone call and keep
"It didn't seem to faze him at all that he was so distracted by his
cell phone that he immediately had to pick it up again and continue to
talk on it," the officer said.
Belt said he might have let the driver off with a warning, but after
the rude interruption he wrote him up for distracted driving.
"It's really becoming an epidemic and what we're seeing is that
people are more concerned with their cell phones than they are with
concentrating on the road in front of them," he added.
Police in Florida released some amazing dash cam video over the
weekend showing a driver running off the road and flipping his car while
texting and driving.
Fortunately he wasn't badly hurt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9
people are killed each day in the U.S. and more than 1,000 injured
thanks to distracted driving.
"If it's so important that you need to send that text or take that
phone call or send that email message, we would just ask that you would
pull off the road and do it safely, not only for your own safety, but
for those around you," Belt said.
Dunwoody Police have not released the name of the distracted driver who just had to take one more phone call.