The Ames Police Department doesn't have much to show for the first month of enforcing Iowa's new distracted driving law. Cmdr. Geoff Huff says officers issued just two citations and five warnings to drivers who were texting while behind the wheel. He says the department's found the primary offense "texting and driving" law hard to enforce. Huff says they're considering following the Iowa State Patrol's example of putting officers undercover in traffic. On the upside, he says there were 25 fewer traffic crashes in July compared to the same time a year ago. Huff says it's too early to tell if the distracted driving law played a part or if road construction is forcing drivers to pay closer attention.
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