- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a weeklong crackdown on distracted driving in Minnesota found too many drivers are taking their eyes off the road.

Police handed out 972 citations to drivers for texting while driving during the extra enforcement effort April 11-17.

More than 300 agencies took part in the concentrated enforcement, including police officers, sheriff’s deputies and State Patrol troopers.

A six-day campaign last year resulted in 909 citations.

The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the campaign. Director Donna Berger urges motorists to put their phones down and eliminate distractions “to stay safe and stay alive.”

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