Tennessee’s texting-while-driving ban has been on the books for a year now, but only a handful of drivers have been ticketed for the offense, The Tennessean reports. Nashville police have issued 19 citations for texting while driving since the ban became law in July 2009. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has issued 88 citations for texting behind the wheel since January. It’s a small dent in what law enforcement officials say is the growing menace of distracted drivers on the roads.
“Our cars have become our powder rooms, our electronic rooms, our phone rooms, our dining rooms,” said Dan Davidson, an investigator for the Metro Nashville Police fatal accident division. “I’ve seen people with paper up on the steering wheel, writing while they drive. There was a woman who killed a man and his wife because she was driving  and putting on makeup.” Texting tickets are few and far between, partly because the law is so new, and partly because the offense is so hard to spot – and there are loopholes in the law big enough to drive a car through.