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IOWA STATE PATROL SAYS MANY DRIVERS STILL TEXT WHILE BEHIND THE WHEEL

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April has been distracted driving awareness month and a state trooper says it continues to be a problem in Iowa.

Sergeant Nathan Ludwig of the Iowa State Patrol says they see motorists texting driving every day on Iowa’s roadways despite a change in law that makes it illegal.

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The law changed last July 1st so law enforcement officers don’t have to pull over violators for something else to charge them with texting and driving.

OC…….and gotten stopped” :09

Ludwig says texting while driving can be a tough law to enforce.

OC…….their phone” :13

Sergeant Ludwig believes auto manufacturers contribute to the distracted driving problem with the other things in cars.

OC……..all the time” ;16

Ludwig says a common misconception is that it’s legal to text when stopped at a stop sign or stoplight.

He says you can only legally text behind the wheel when your car is off the traveled portion of the roadway and at a complete stop.

Radio Iowa