Marieitta Police in Georgia recently dressed like construction workers and posted up at a busy intersection to be able to see drivers up close and personal in an attempt to catch drivers using their phones. No word how many people they caught masturbating to Geekologie. Which, for the record, is the sexiest moving violation and shouldn't even be illegal. The faux construction workers would then radio in the plates of distracted drivers and they would be issued $150 tickets further down the road. Sneaky!
"What we've done here is we're able to put officers in the roads so we're able to get close enough almost inside their cars so we can look down and see exactly what they're doing on their phones," said Marietta police Officer Nick Serkedakis.
Police say making good distracted driving cases are tough because it is often challenging to figure out exactly what the driver is doing in the car. This way, their cases are much stronger.
"It doesn't matter if you're stopped at a light, if you're on a public thoroughfare and facing the phone we're going to have a conversation with you," Serkedakis said.
I have a balcony that overlooks the street and I would say about 60% of drivers are on their phones at any time. And I would say roughly 100% of those people will continue to text and drive even after receiving a $150 ticket. They will probably be texting WHILE THEY DRIVE AWAY. Or at least tweeting or Instagramming a shot of the ticket.
Thanks to Christina M, who agrees a lot of people think their lives are way more important than they really are.