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Since a law banning texting and driving went into effect in 2008, Red Wing Police officers and Goodhue County deputies have only ticketed 18 people. Still, officers say it's a good law. (Photo illustration by Sarah Gorvin)

Texting and driving ban: Tough to enforce

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In 2008, a law banning texting and driving went into effect in Minnesota. The statute makes it illegal to compose, read or send any electronic messages -- emails and texts -- or to browse the Internet while behind the steering wheel of a vehicle while it's a part of traffic. And yes, that does include a vehicle stopped at stoplights or at a standstill in traffic.


But since then, only a handful of people in Goodhue County have actually been cited for the texting and driving.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.