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Published October 05, 2012, 02:51 PM

Thirty-one drivers cited in Bismarck texting sting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck police say they issued 31 citations during a texting-and-driving enforcement blitz for some downright disturbing driving behavior. Officers say they followed one woman for 15 blocks while she drove with her knees and typed out texts with both hands.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck police say they issued 31 citations during a texting-and-driving enforcement blitz for some downright disturbing driving behavior. Officers say they followed one woman for 15 blocks while she drove with her knees and typed out texts with both hands.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that plainclothes officers worked from unmarked, high-profile vehicles during the "texting sting" Tuesday and Wednesday. Lt. Steve Kilde tells the newspaper that those ticketed "were so brazen about it, it wasn't even funny."

Before the two-day sting, Bismarck police had issued 39 texting tickets since Jan. 1. The city outlawed texting behind the wheel two years ago; the North Dakota Legislature followed suit in August 2011.

Deputy Chief Randy Ziegler says the citations should be a "wake-up call" to residents.

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