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Texting and driving fine increase in Minnesota

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La Crescent, MN (WXOW) -

Texting and driving will now cost you more in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that would increase the fine for a drivers second violation of the texting and driving law. That new law went in affect August 1st.

Sergeant Troy Christianson with The Minnesota State Patrol said your 1st texting and driving fine will cost you around $140 and now thanks to new legislation that second fine will run you around $350.

"It's just an extra distraction people are focused on the text message not concentrating on driving becoming more of a bigger problem", said Sgt. Christianson.

He added in Minnesota and other states texting and driving is becoming a more common issue, and its leading to 1 in 4 fatal crashes in the state of Minnesota.
Sgt. Christianson said distracted driving is more common than speeding.

"We just did a saturation where we focused on distracted driving  in 10 days we wrote 909 citations last year we only wrote 505 citations, this is a major problem in the state," he added.

In Wisconsin, the state Department of Transportation says average fine and court fees can end up costing a driver around $190.

For a list of the other laws in effect click here.

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