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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Keep the roads safe, obey the law prohibiting texting (reading, writing or sending) while driving.

The Oskaloosa Police Department wants to remind everyone that effective July 1, 2017, Iowa’s distracted driving law became a primary law.  This means that a law enforcement officer can stop any driver who is texting (reading, writing, or sending)  or using any other portable electronic device, unless the motor vehicle is at a complete stop and off the traveled portion of the roadway.  Previously, drivers eighteen years or older had to be breaking another traffic law before they could be stopped by a law enforcement officer.  

Drivers under the age of eighteen years are prohibited from using electronic devices entirely, unless the vehicle is stopped and off the traveled portion of the roadway or the device is permanently installed in the vehicle or operated through permanently installed equipment. 

Also, effective July 1, 2017, a driver using a cell phone and causing the death of another person has shown evidence of reckless driving and could face a felony conviction that includes up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. 

The Oskaloosa Police Department is asking everyone to do their part in keeping the roads safe.

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