Texting and driving became a primary offense in July.
In the first six months, there were only 725 convictions statewide.
In our area, Roanoke City had the most convictions with seventeen.
Roanoke County had twelve.
Montgomery and Lynchburg City also had five convictions each.
Local officers are trying to ticket as many texting drivers as they can but it can be hard to catch people in the act.
Roanoke City Traffic Safety Officer, Rick Clark, says many people drop their phones and get on their best behavior when they see a police car now that that texting is a primary offense.
He says police know many more people are committing the crime and he hopes to see more people charged in the future.
The goal for officers like Clark is to keep people safe on the roads and keep the number of accidents related to texting and driving low.
The first accident of the year that was caused by texting and driving in Roanoke City happened just yesterday morning.
That driver crashed into a telephone poll on the corner of Williamson and Compton Road at about 3am.
The driver of that accident was not injured, but many drivers involved in texting and driving accidents are not so lucky.
According to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, texting and driving accident are the cause of 330,000 injuries per year.