APD ready for "texting while driving" law change

The Ames Police Department is getting ready to enforce a new state law making the use of an electronic device while driving a primary offense. Cmdr. Geoff Huff says the city has seen an increasing number of traffic crashes involving distracted drivers, and treating "texting and driving" as a secondary offense was having little to no effect in reducing the volume. He says the department will use the new law as an educational tool for the first few weeks after it takes effect July 1st, issuing wanrings for awhile--then tickets.  Huff says the ticket for "driving while texting" will run north of $100 with fines and court costs.


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