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New texting bans are proving hard for police to enforce. Photo Illustration David Samson/The Forum

Texting while driving proves tough to enforce

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FARGO - Talk about making a tough call: Is the driver texting? Dialing a phone number? Thumbing through his address book? Playing "Angry Birds"?

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Authorities say it's a challenge enforcing North Dakota's new ban on texting while driving, and the numbers bear it out.

In the law's first 52 days - it took effect Aug. 1 - Highway Patrol troopers had issued just two tickets and five warnings statewide, said Lt. Jody Skogen, patrol spokesman.

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