Texting sting catches distracted drivers

Distracted and texting drivers, beware. We have a video of a texting sting this morning in the Bethesda area that left dozens of drivers very unhappy.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Drivers, you may want to think twice about reaching for your phone after seeing this.

A texting sting went down in Montgomery County Tuesday morning at River and Goldsboro Roads in Bethesda. Several drivers never saw it coming because the operation involved a police officer disguised as a panhandler.

Montgomery County Police Spokesperson, Capt. Paul Starks said they began the undercover sting towards the beginning of the school year in an attempt to crack down on distracted drivers.

 

The operations are sporadic and its locations are randomly selected.

An officer disguised as the panhandler notifies others further down the road of those drivers holding cell phones or making illegal moves. Even if the driver is not texting, just holding a cell phone is a traffic violation in Montgomery County.

"Ultimately the law is a hands free device so it can't even be in your hand," said Ofc. Brian Nave. At least six officers were waiting at the signal to issue tickets. Montgomery County will provide us with an updated number of tickets later in the day.

"It's smart. It's really dangerous. I'm not disagreeing," said one driver after he was caught with a phone in hand. That driver asked to not be identified by name. Others continued texting once pulled over for holding their devices in the first place.

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