A young Texan man, 23, was recently caught not only texting while driving, but texting while driving drunk.
According to police, his blood alcohol content (BAC) was twice the legal limit.
But for a local crackdown on texting while driving, the man may have escaped apprehension. Officers were out on patrol in a designated area along the interstate when one policeman noticed a driver texting while driving unsafely at highway speeds.
Police discovered the young man was holding his cell phone with it on speaker. He insisted that this action counted hands-free phone use. This false belief, held by many motorists, is dangerous. The actual law states that it is illegal to hold a cellphone in your hand while driving for any reason.
His breath sample confirmed suspicions of his alcohol use after he had been taken back to the police station.
The 23-year-old was charged with driving while under the influence and with driving while having a blood alcohol content of over 80 mg. His license was suspended for 90 days, and his vehicle has been impounded.