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Aurora cracks down on texting-while-driving

AURORA (AP) — Police in Aurora say officers wrote 21 tickets for texting while driving in just four hours during a recent crackdown on distracted driving.

Aurora police say the action on the city's East Side was prompted by statistics showing that 69 percent of crashes there during the first two months of the year were rear-end collisions.

Police Lt. Pete Inda tells the (Aurora) Beacon-News that that "clearly indicates distracted driving."

During the April 3 operation, police in undercover vehicles identified drivers displaying signs of being distracted and radioed officers in marked cars to make traffic stops.

Illinois made it illegal to text and drive in 2010.

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