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Police get help looking for those texting while driving

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Undercover police will soon help crack down on texting and driving in Waterloo. That's this month's quality of life initiative for the Waterloo Police Department.

Police officers and even fire fighters, on duty and off, will watch for offending drivers. If that's you, they'll write down your license plate, and a description of your car. Then you'll get a warning letter letting you know about the violation.

"This is a way to bring awareness to the problem of texting while driving bring awareness to the safety issue that are involved when texting while driving and just let the public know that we are out there looking for this and try to curb it... To try to reduce the number of people doing it," said Captain Tim Pillack of the Waterloo Police Department.

If you get a letter, that doesn't mean you get a citation, but if you are cited while texting & driving you can expect a $100 ticket. If you're in a serious accident, and texting & driving is the cause, you can be fined up to $1,000 dollars.

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