Texting while driving to be enforced

The Minot Police Department will crack down on texting and driving over the next four weeks, according to a press release issued by the Minot Police Department. Officers will be looking for texting drivers and giving out $100 citations.

This is the first year the North Dakota Department of Transportation is using a federal grant to help fund texting and driving enforcement teams. Seven major community police departments, including Minot, are taking part in texting enforcement emphasis supported by NDDOT.

Texting while driving is against the law for all drivers in North Dakota, including when they are stopped at a traffic sign. In addition, it is against the law for drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 to talk on a cell phone while they are driving.