Cops go undercover to bust drivers using their cell phones

Cops in Georgia went undercover posing as construction workers to catch drivers using their phone behind the wheel.  

Officers in Cobb County handed out more than 60 tickets in just three hours on Tuesday after drivers were fooled by the cops’ sneaky ploy.

‘They’re looking for direct violations. So, this can be someone texting on their phone or people playing on social media,’ said Sydney Melton, with the Cobb County Police Department.   

Officers in Cobb County handed out more than 60 tickets in just three hours on Tuesday after drivers were fooled by the cops’ sneaky ploy. In Georgia, first time offenders are slapped with a $50 fine, then $100 if they fall foul of the law twice and $150 for a third (file image of police)

The move came after police said they were seeing too many accidents and deaths caused by distracted driving.

‘The phone mounted on your dash or windshield, that’s OK. In your hand is not OK,’ Melton said.     

Despite the costumes, the cops didn’t fool everyone.

One driver told Channel 2 Action News:  ‘I asked them, ‘what are you guys working?’ And they said, “survey”.

‘Then I said, “come on now, you’re not tricking me.”‘  

The operation proved to be such a success that officers have said they will be back out again soon.     

The Georgia State Patrol handed out tickets to roughly 25,000 people in the first year of the Hands Free Law.

In Georgia, first time offenders are slapped with a $50 fine, then $100 if they fall foul of the law twice and $150 for a repeat. 

Police said drivers can even get a ticket for holding their phone while waiting for a red light to turn green. 

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