Drivers in Johnson County are about 200 times more likely to get a speeding ticket than a ticket for text messaging while driving.
In two years, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Greenwood police and Franklin police have written fewer than 40 texting tickets or warnings in total. State police officers have written three to motorists driving through the county.
The reason: When you speed, a police officer’s radar proves it. But if you are asked if you were texting, whether you are ticketed depends on the answer you give.
Franklin police officer Joe Dillon has pulled over about 15 drivers for what looks to him like texting, but he has written only a handful of tickets because state law doesn’t forbid dialing a phone number, looking at digital maps or switching songs on a smartphone music playlist.