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Hands-free driving laws stalled as road deaths rise | New

Road deaths are on the rise in Iowa, and law enforcement officials believe the state’s difficult-to-enforce distracted driving laws play a role.

There have been 197 fatalities in crashes on Iowa highways, the Iowa Department of Transportation reported last week. This is an increase of nearly 9% from the five-year average of 181 fatalities and a 5% increase from the 187 road fatalities last year.