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Moorhead officers looking for distracted drivers spot one eating sandwich and texting

MOORHEAD -- Police here working on an enforcement campaign to curb distracted driving have witnessed a number of odd driving situations in Moorhead this week, including a driver who was spotted alternating between eating a sandwich and texting on...

This photo was taken during a law enforcement crackdown on distracted driving in Moorhead Wednesday. Special to The Forum
This photo was taken during a law enforcement crackdown on distracted driving in Moorhead Wednesday. Special to The Forum

MOORHEAD -- Police here working on an enforcement campaign to curb distracted driving have witnessed a number of odd driving situations in Moorhead this week, including a driver who was spotted alternating between eating a sandwich and texting on her phone while driving.

That stop on Wednesday, April 12, was one of dozens made during a “Busted by the Bus” campaign, which involved officers of the Moorhead Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, the campaign involving officers riding in school buses has stopped 137 vehicles and issues 47 citations for distracted driving.

According to a post on the Moorhead police Facebook page, at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday officers on a bus spotted four drivers who all were texting and driving. Chase vehicles were brought in and officers were able to stop three of the four drivers.

At one point in the 4-hour enforcement shift, officers stopped a driver for not wearing a seatbelt and discovered he did not have a valid driver’s license. About an hour later, the same driver was stopped and cited again, according to the Facebook post.

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On Thursday, police twice cited the same driver for distracted driving, just an hour apart. A man cited Thursday told an officer his girlfriend had been cited Wednesday driving the same car.

Officers will continue to focus on distracted driving throughout Clay County through April 23.

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