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Police: At least 15 texting while driving citations given so far


PITTSBURGH -- State police said Friday that at least 15 motorists have been cited for sending text messages while driving since the ban took effect March 8.

"That is a fraction of the number of warnings for the same offense," said Sgt. Anthony Manetta, a state police spokesman. "This is a new law and the goal is to educate the public first."

Officials also said officers have issued plenty of warnings to drivers, but exact figures weren’t made available.

The ban makes texting a primary offense, which means police can use it to stop a car. The law doesn’t ban talking on phones while driving.