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Officer dressed as homeless man catches drivers using phones

In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 photo released by the Somersworth Police Department, Officer Anthony McKnight poses undercover in Somersworth, N.H., with a sign, intending to catch violators of the state’s ban on the use of hand-held phones or electronic devices while driving. Nearly 100 drivers were ticked during the five-day sting, including a woman who was ticketed after giving in to her daughter’s pleas to snap a photo of the sign. (Matt Duval/Somersworth Police Department via AP)

In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 photo released by the Somersworth Police Department, Officer Anthony McKnight poses undercover in Somersworth, N.H., with a sign, intending to catch violators of the state’s ban on the use of hand-held phones or electronic devices while driving. Nearly 100 drivers were ticked during the five-day sting, including a woman who was ticketed after giving in to her daughter’s pleas to snap a photo of the sign. (Matt Duval/Somersworth Police Department via AP)

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer went undercover dressed as a homeless man to catch people who were using their phones while driving.

Cpl. Patrick Robinson went undercover Tuesday morning equipped with a police radio and a body camera. He held a sign that read, “I am not homeless. I am a Montgomery County police officer looking for cell phone texting violations.”

Montgomery County police Sgt. Phillip Chapin and about eight other officers issued a total of 56 tickets county-wide that day, including 31 tickets and 9 warnings to people caught using their phones without hands-free devices.

Chapin says authorities are seeing more distracted-driver-related deaths as a result of people using their phones while behind the wheel.

 

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