By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 6, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Law enforcement authorities are cracking down on texting drivers in North Dakota.

Eleven agencies are working together in September in an effort to enforce the state’s ban on texting while driving. The law applies to any driver in a traffic lane, even if the vehicle is stopped. Violators face a $100 fine.

Patrol officers may pull over any driver exhibiting behaviors or postures consistent with using a mobile device to compose, send, or read data. The enforcement teams typically use multiple vehicles and trained observers to look for texting drivers.

Agencies scheduled to participate include police departments in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Valley City and Watford City. The Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department and the University of North Dakota have scheduled extra enforcement in September.

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