Albuquerque police announce campaign targeting texting while driving

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Friday morning, Albuquerque police announce campaign that comes with a strong warning, “You Text, You Drive, You Pay”.

Police will be looking for offenders breaking the texting and driving laws, especially over the next five days.

“Within five seconds, you’ve traveled the length of a football field while you’re looking at your phone trying to text. That’s a lot of distance to cover and a lot of things can happen in that time frame and this completely preventable to prevent accidents,” APD Deputy Chief William Roseman said

Different cities have different fines. Santa Fe and Albuquerque have a $100 fine for the first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense.

The state fine for texting and driving is $25 for the first offense, $50 for each subsequent.

They hope this will prevent future tragic accidents and loss of life. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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