Police disguise themselves to catch drivers using phones

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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BETHESDA, Md. – Police in Maryland are using a different technique to nab drivers who are texting while driving.

The Montgomery County Police Department has dressed an officer as a homeless man along a busy road in Bethesda, WTTG reported.

The officer has a sign that said “I am not homeless. I am a Montgomery County Police Officer looking for cell phone texting violations.”

He also has a wireless microphone so he can tell an awaiting uniformed officer which driver was breaking the law.

In Maryland, it is illegal to text and drive, even while waiting at a red light. It is also illegal to use a hand-held cellphone in the state, WUSA reported when the law went into effect.

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