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ND police crack down on texting while driving

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Authorities say police from five of North Dakota's biggest cities issued 114 citations for texting while driving in April.

The state Transportation Department says the statewide crackdown last month was the first of its kind in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Legislature approved the texting while driving ban in 2011. A state violation is a $100 fine.

The ban applies for accessing or sending electronic data while operating a motor vehicle, even while at a stoplight.

Officials say the traffic stops for texting drivers last month also netted numerous other citations and arrests, including for warrants, drunken driving and possession of drugs.