Maine’s distracted driving law in action

power pole for text messaging postMaine’s controversial distracted-driving law is now in effect and has snared at least one violator: a teenager from New Hampshire.

The 19-year-old admitted she was text messaging Oct. 4 just before she plowed her vehicle into a utility pole in the city of Kittery.

The neighbors took notice — their power was knocked out for the afternoon.

Maine’s distracted driving law went into effect Sept. 12. Legislation specifically prohibiting texting and handheld cell phone use while driving failed to advance in 2009, and critics have said the general law does not adequately address these dangerous practices.

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