St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says nearly 1,000 motorists were ticketed during a recent crackdown on distracted driving.

Officials say the State Patrol and several hundred local law enforcement agencies throughout the state participated in the week-long enhanced enforcement campaign that began April 11th. The officers handed out 972 citations to drivers for texting while driving. A similar crackdown conducted last year resulted in just over 900 citations.

The Rochester Police Department issued 10 tickets, while the Olmsted County Sheriff’s department was responsible for 12 of the citations.

The Public Safety Department’s list of some of the more egregious violations included a motorist ticketed twice in the same day for texting while driving in Blue Earth County and a motorist who waited two miles to pull over for a State Trooper because the person was “extremely” distracted by texting.

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