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Grand Forks, Devils Lake cops to enforce texting ban more

Grand Forks and Devils Lake police along with police in five other North Dakota cities will step up enforcement of the state’s ban on texting and driving this month, the state Department of Transportation said Friday.

The law, which includes a $100 penalty, went into effect Aug. 1, 2011, but most cities have not put an emphasis on enforcing it.

NDDOT said officers will “employ new tactics and increased patrols” to stop identify drivers who are texting, emailing or using the Internet on their cell phones while driving. These activities are also banned while the driver is stopped at a stop sign or stop light.

Police received “special training” in February that teaches them the telltale signs that driver is texting, NDDOT said.

Stepped-up enforcement will also occur in the summer.