Ray Burnam, who became the new Trigg County Sheriff on Jan. 1, said that overall, it was rather slow in the county as far as crime is concerned during New Year’s Day weekend, with no major incidents.
Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said that aside from “normal calls for service,” the city was also relatively quiet during New Year’s weekend.
Neither Burnam nor Alexander reported any major traffic accidents or fatalities over the weekend.
A statewide ban on texting while driving, punishable by a ticket, took effect on Jan. 1 as well, for anyone caught texting while driving and for those under 18 who use a cell phone while driving. Violators will be liable for fines of $25 on a first offense and $50 on each subsequent offense, plus court costs.
For drivers under 18, no use of personal communication devices such as cell phones and pagers is allowed while the vehicle is in motion. The use of a global positioning system is allowed, but manually entering information must be completed while the vehicle is stopped.
Emergency and public safety vehicles are exempt when the use of a personal communication device is essential to the operator’s official duties.
Both Alexander and Burnam said there have been no tickets handed out for that offense as of yet.