Minnesota law enforcement officers made nearly 2,500 traffic stops April 19 as part of their crack-down on distracted driving. Officers focused on drivers who were texting while behind the wheel, the Department of Public Safety reported.
With about half of the participating law enforcement agencies reporting, preliminary results show that in addition to 2,419 stops made, 97 texting citations were written April 19. On a typical day, only about 3.5 drivers are cited for texting and driving.
Officials say distracted driving is a contributing factor in a quarter of all fatal crashes in Minnesota.