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Texting while driving citations double in Minnesota

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Dec 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota State Patrol says texting while driving has become much more prevalent since the state adopted a law banning the practice three years ago.

Lt. Eric Roeske says texting while driving has become more widespread, despite the ban. Nine-hundred-45 tickets were issued in Minnesota this year, nearly double the amount given out last year.

Kristy Stoner tells KARE-TV she just tries to be discreet when texting while driving. Stoner acknowledges it's a dangerous practice, but says there's a convenience factor to texting and driving.

A national survey and other data released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows about half of American drivers between 21 and 24 say they've sent phone messages or emailed from the driver's seat.

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