- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Law enforcement officers ticketed more than 900 people in Minnesota last month for distracted driving - most notably texting behind the wheel.

Beginning on August 1st, fines for repeat offenders will get a lot tougher. The first citation for distracted driving is $50. Every ticket after that is $225.

State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nelson tells KSTP-TV (https://bit.ly/1FOJqYz ) that taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds while driving 55 mph will take you the length of a football field. Troopers say distracted driving is to blame for one in four car crashes in Minnesota.

State records show about 3,200 drivers were issued distracted driving citations last year.


Information from: KSTP-TV, https://www.kstp.com

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