Looking away from the road can lead to catastrophic consequences. But although local law enforcement has ramped up its battle against those who text while driving, conviction cases are surprisingly low.
In fact, the statewide number is just 44 percent, but here in Niagara County, prosecutors only convicted 12 percent of those who were arrested for that offense.
Michael Wooten is a reporter for our news partner WGRZ-TV and he said the reasons for the low conviction rates are numerous.
"For a long time, prosecutors have been pleading these down to minor infractions instead of the five points on your license," Wooten said.
To put it in perspective, about 82 percent of statewide tickets for talking on a cell phone led to convictions on the charge between 2001 and May 2013.
You can always hear WGRZ's 6 o'clock news as we simulcast it each night right here on Hometown 1340.