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Sept. 7, 2017DES MOINES, Iowa |  By: AP

Iowa issues 230 texting-while-driving tickets in two months

The Iowa State Patrol has responded to a new texting-while-driving state law by issuing 230 tickets in the past two months. Troopers issued fewer than 175 tickets for texting in all of 2016.

The new law took effect July 1 and lets officers issue citations if they observe a motorist texting while driving. The previous law only allowed motorists to be ticketed for texting if they also committed another traffic offense. Maj. Randy Kunert heads the state patrol's field operations. He says officers are using unmarked vehicles and plain-clothed troopers to catch motorists.

The Legislative Services Agency says the fine for texting while driving is $30, but court costs bring the total to about $100.