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Waterloo Police crack down on texting and driving

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Waterloo police are cracking down on texting and driving this month.

It's April's quality of life initiative.

Texting and driving is a secondary offense in Iowa, meaning that an officer can't stop a vehicle solely because the driver is texting.

In a news release, Director of Safety Services Daniel Trelka says Waterloo law enforcement is taking an extra step to push this initiative.

"Personnel from both Waterloo Fire Rescue and the Waterloo Police Department, whether on or off duty, are being asked to watch for drivers who are texting while driving," Trelka said. "They will then make note of the vehicle license plate, as well as a description of the vehicle. The registered owner of the vehicle will then receive a letter advising them of the violation."

Police say that if a person were to get cited for texting while driving, the amount of the citation would be $102.35.

If a person causes a serious accident due to texting while driving, they could be fined an amount up to $1,000.

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