BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota transportation officials say that law enforcement officers throughout the state worked more than 300 hours of overtime last month in a campaign to deter distracted driving.

The state Department of Transportation says the added patrols in September resulted in 318 citations, including 149 for distracted driving. The state’s texting law carries a $100 fine.

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DOT spokeswoman Karin Mongeon (MOH’-zhawn) says annual surveys have shown that distracted driving is becoming an increasing problem in the state and the campaign is meant to save lives.

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Funding for the program is provided by federal money distributed through the DOT.

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