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North Dakota law enforcement issue 114 texting citations

North Dakota law enforcement issued 114 texting and driving citations in April, according to a press release.

The enforcement period was the first major effort to enforce the texting and driving law in Minot, Devils Lake, Jamestown and Dickinson. Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks also participated in the “Eyes Forward” campaign, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

The fine for texting and driving in North Dakota is $100. The ban applies for accessing or sending electronic data while operating a motor vehicle — even while stopped at a stoplight.

Additional text and driving enforcement periods are planned through September.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.