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Forum staff reports, Published October 24 2012

Fargo police plan texting while driving enforcement blitz this week

FARGO – Police here will have additional officers looking for people texting while driving this week in hopes of preventing crashes.

People who text while driving may commit other unintentional traffic violations, and officers will be watching for those, as well, Sgt. Ryan Dorrheim stated in a news release.

The Fargo Police Department conducted its first texting-while-driving sting operation in August, citing 17 people with a $100 ticket for the violation.

North Dakota’s texting ban took effect on Aug. 1, 2011.

In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated 416,000 more were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the government website www.distraction.gov.