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State Patrol: Texting Tickets Increase Significantly After Law Change

Iowa’s law making texting while driving a primary traffic offense is a year old, and officers with the state patrol say they’ve seen a significant increase in tickets. On July 1st of last year, Iowa law changed and officers became able to pull driver over simply for texting while behind the wheel. In the year since, Iowa State Patrol troopers have issued more than 1,100 tickets. That’s compared to about 180 in the year before the law change. Here in Dubuque, local police report the number of texting while driving citations increased ten-fold after the law change, from 7 to just less than 70. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department hadn’t issued a single texting ticket in the year prior to the law change, but wrote out three in the year after.

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