These distractions can cause a driver to move the vehicle in unexpected ways. Sometimes that means crossing the center line or edge of the road. This erratic behavior puts everyone on the road at risk.
Another line that texting and driving crosses is the legal one. In Iowa, it is illegal for any driver to text while behind the wheel. This includes while stopped at a red light or stop sign. If you’re cited for use of an electronic device while driving, fines start at $45. Depending on the impact of taking your eyes, hands or mind off the task of driving, you may also be cited for additional violations including careless or reckless driving that could result in additional fines and the loss of your driving privilege.
For details on Iowa’s current law on the “Use of electronic devices while driving,” go to https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/code/321.276.pdf.
For 2020, there were a total of 337 fatalities reported. So far in 2021, there have been 12 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of five since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf