According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the national price tag for distracted driving crashes amounts to $46 billion dollars each year.
To help bring that number down, and save as many lives as possible, the Minot Police Department has deployed an enforcement team to crack down on driving texters.
Patrol cars are monitor drivers for several weeks, to help spread awareness around the city.
(John Klug, Minot Police Department) "We actually have officers in plain clothes just observing, and they will see somebody texting and they will call ahead to officers who are just a couple blocks down the road, in position. They will make the traffic stop, and they'll write the citation."
Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a cell phone while driving at all, and if cited for the violation, there's a $100 fine.