SAN ANTONIO — Approximately 1 in 5 crashes in Texas involves distracted driving, which continues to be a problem in the state, even after a state law banned texting and driving in 2017.

“Our message is no longer just a public safety suggestion to urge Texans to avoid distraction while operating a vehicle — it is to remind them of the law that now forbids such activity,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “One life lost is one too many and distracted driving is completely preventable.”

The statewide texting while driving ban could be helping a little.

According to recent data, the number of crashes involving distracted driving in Texas decreased by 6% when comparing the 12-month periods before and after the statewide texting-while-driving ban took effect on Sept. 1, 2017. Then in 2018, TxDOT introduced the “Heads up, Texas” to address the new law with a new call to action.

Arrests made by the Marshall Police Department

  • Helen Rebecca Ditto, 52, of Marshall, was arrested on the charge of possession of a controlled substance on Monday.
  • Jimaunn Demarc Williams, 29, of Marshall, was arrested on the charges of theft of firearm, possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 2 1-4 grams, driving while license invalid without financial responsibility, possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, display of a fictitious license plate and no proof of liability insurance Tuesday.

Incidents reported to the Marshall Police Department

  • Assault family violence/non-aggravated, 30 block of Cherrywood Circle, Monday.
  • Theft (all other) $100 to $750, 1600 block of Joyce Street, Monday.
  • Theft (all other) $100 to $750, 1500 block of Joyce Street, Monday.
  • Criminal mischief under $100, 300 block of Sunset Drive, Monday.
  • Burglary of a motor vehicle (parts/accessories), 8 block of Buena Vista Drive, Monday.
  • Criminal mischief $2,500 to $30,000, 700 block of Moore Street, Monday.
  • Fraudulent use/possession of identification 10-50 items, 4000 block of Memorial Drive, Monday.
  • Burglary of a vehicle, 2100 block of Pinecrest Drive, Monday.
  • Theft of property $100 to $750, 400 block of South College Street, Monday.
  • Possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 2-A under 2 ounces, intersection of East End Boulevard and Jefferson, Monday.
  • Traffic incident/violation, intersection of Bryan and Martin Luther King, Tuesday.

Arrests made by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office

  • Artis Dewayne Cox, 37, of Marshall, was arrested on the charges of possession of marijuana-under 2 ounces, possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 1 4-200 grams and unlawful carrying of a weapon on Monday.
  • Frederick Wayne Kennedy, 52, of Waskom, was arrested on the charges of possession of marijuana-under 2 ounces, possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 1 4-200 grams on Monday,
  • Thomas Allen Rice Jr., 33, of Haughton, Louisiana, was arrested on the charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces on Monday.
  • Roy Gene Smith, 57, of Marshall, was arrested on the charge of harassment-family member (Jefferson County) on Monday.
  • Bronta Dewayne Washington, 25, of Marshall, was arrested on the charges of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and possession of a controlled substance-penalty group 1 4-200 grams on Monday.

Incidents reported to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office

Harassment, Waskom, Monday: Newspaper carrier being harassed in neighborhood.