Who Gives Most Tickets for Texting? Hint: It’s Not Buffalo or Amherst

April 15, 2019

Town of Tonawanda Police Officer David Coffey says he saw this driver using her cellphone while driving on Niagara Falls Boulevard before pulling her over. Coffey said he sometimes works a traffic enforcement shift that is focused on watching for drivers using cellphones. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Town of Tonawanda Police Officer David Coffey says he saw this driver using her cellphone while driving on Niagara Falls Boulevard before pulling her over. Coffey said he sometimes works a traffic enforcement shift that is focused on watching for drivers using cellphones. 

The Village of Kenmore, just under 1.5 square miles, has long had an outsized reputation for traffic enforcement.

When it comes to the state’s ban on texting while driving, Kenmore’s standing holds up.

The Kenmore Police Department issued the most texting while driving tickets from 2014 through 2017 among municipal departments in Erie and Niagara counties, according to data from the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

In fact, Kenmore’s officers issued more tickets for texting while driving in that time than Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Amherst combined.

“It’s something we put a priority on,” Kenmore Police Capt. A.J. Keifer said of the department’s approach to traffic enforcement.
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