Texting semi driver had phone attached to steering wheel

- The Minnesota State Patrol has been live-tweeting its enforcement of distracted driving this week, but one incident was too egregious for 140 characters. A trooper pulled over a semi on Interstate 90 Wednesday after seeing it weaving in and out of its lane.

The semi driver admitted to texting his children and even had the phone attached to the steering wheel with Velcro. The trooper cited the driver for texting while driving.

It is illegal for Minnesota drivers to read, write or send a text or email while driving or stopped in traffic. It is also illegal to browse websites on your phone while driving. Drivers face a $50 fine for the first offense and a $275 fine for a repeat offense.

Distraction was a factor in nearly 17,400 crashes in 2015, resulting in 74 deaths and 174 serious injuries. During last year’s distracted driving crackdown, law enforcement cited 909 drivers for texting and driving -- a 65 percent increase over the previous year.

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