Iowa Troopers offer signal-blocking cell phone holders in advance of new

Des Moines, Iowa – Studies find one in every four car accidents is caused by texting and driving and it will soon become much easier for Iowa law officers to pull over and ticket texters. Iowa Highway Patrol Sergeant Scott Bright says the state’s received a donation of one-thousand signal-blocking devices called CELLslips which are being given away at all patrol district offices this week.

The CELLslips are bright red pockets with special linings that block all incoming and outgoing transmissions, be they phone calls, texts or app notifications.

The messages aren’t lost, they’ll just be blocked while your phone is inside the pocket. You will receive all voicemails, text messages and app notifications within seconds of removing your phone from the CELLslip. A new state law will go into effect this Saturday making texting a primary offense in Iowa.

Being caught texting and driving brings a 30-dollar fine, but when court costs and fees are added, the total reaches 127-dollars and 50-cents. Studies find motorists are six times more likely to be in a crash texting while driving than drinking and driving. Also, more than 21-percent of teen drivers who were involved in fatal crashes were distracted by their cell phones.

To learn more or to purchase your own CELLslips, go to

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