I Was Just Checking My Directions!: Cops Dress As Construction Workers To Bust Texting Drivers

July 31, 2015

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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.

  • N H

    texting while driving kills about 10 people every day in the US. Gun deaths are three times that amount. Maybe they should be trying to prevent those deaths instead of trying to collect all of the village people costumes.

  • shashi

    This is why i always pull over and rent a hotel room in which to check my phone (in the bathroom with the lights off obviously). Damn govnermint spying on my phone.

  • DC Madman

    It's like printing money. Low effort policing and high return. No need to tax the wealthy!

  • Bling Nye

    Should be an option on phones to enable a lock on texting when the phone is in motion. Sure, if you're a passenger, that would suck, since it probably couldn't differentiate that, but maybe it's a small price to pay if you lack the personal willpower in the first place to stay the fuck off your phone while you drive.

  • joevsyou

    umm no.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    I just ran into a friend at work and he told me he's going to a funeral for his 24 year old nephew who died in a car accident this week. The cause of the accident was due to him texting while driving. What a shame.

    I don't know how the other people he crashed into are doing, but they were all taken to the hospital.

  • toasterStreudal

    At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (NOPUS)

    Scary... and sad

  • I am all for stopping the epidemic that is texting and driving, but this seems like a pretty shitty way to go about it. I'm one of those people that use the GPS on my phone and can't be bothered fiddling with the damned thing to pull it out of the case to shove into a mount, just to do the opposite when I reach my destination 15-30 minutes later. So I'll hold onto it with one hand while I keep my eyes on the road and place it in my drink holder when I'm familiar with the location.

    I'd imagine their will be a lot of people that fight their tickets if they use their phones as bluebooth music devices, GPS maps, etc.

  • Rix Trix

    Time to buy a mount that can fit a phone with its case on. You could afford a car so a mount shouldn't be a problem. That or start saving for paying off a ticket.

  • By the first world, white privilege quality of life that I'm used to; I cannot be bothered with pulling my phone off and on a mount several times a day. While I do agree that I SHOULD do that, the fact of the matter is, is that I won't. And neither will a butt ton of other people.

    I have been toying with the idea of buying a really thick case, similar to an Otterbox and routing the inside of it to fit a thin neodymium magnet in it, then creating my own magnet based car mount.

    But between my career that has me traveling all across the United States and using the GPS on my phone, and commenting on Geekologie articles; I simply do not have the time to create my awesome inventions.

  • dougfunnay

    youre implying that you are looking at it as you drive
    or why would you have it in your hand until youre familiar with the destination?
    this is a distraction for you though you dont want to admit it
    probably not as bad as texting but still an unnecessary hazard

    they can fight their tickets
    and they can lose

  • Mihos Bubastis

    Well, as long as you can't be bothered..... we wouldn't want you mildy inconvenienced or anything

  • Mark

    I think that is what they meant when the chief said 'see what they are doing with their phones'. While it wouldn't surprise me if they tried to ticket people for using it like you said, I think they are on the look out for people who are texting and driving, and not for people using it as a GPS or MP3 player.

  • dougfunnay

    if it is an evident distraction they should get ticketed as if they were anyway
    doesnt matter if its texting or fiddling with it to listen to music or whatever else the effect is the same

  • Mark

    Who is going to judge if it is a distraction? Texting or watching something, yes. But, using one of the other examples, if someone doesn't have a stand to mount the phone in the car, they will need to hold it in hand for the GPS to really be effective. It is more of a distraction if you hear "Turn right onto Peachtree Boulevard" coming from your lap, and you actually look away from the road to check your phone.

  • dougfunnay

    people with common sense
    are you constantly looking at the device rather than the road?
    ticket

    why would you look away to check your phone if you just heard the directions?
    are you some kind of retard that needs pictures?
    "turn right onto peach tree boulevard" ("in .5 miles")
    "i wonder what that means.... better check my phone"
    if for some reason you do in fact need to check your phone..... pull over you idiot

    (and youre not required to but you should have both hands on the wheel)

  • Andrew Newton

    Police Chief: Officers! You know how you wish you could sit on your ass all day and eat doughnuts, while not getting judged for being a fat cop? Well, stand up and then sit back down again to brace yourselves for the details of your next assignment.....

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