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Nevada Highway Patrol tweeting and citing distracted drivers

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Texting or tweeting while driving don't usually go together, but Nevada Highway Patrol combined the two Friday while keeping the streets safe. Troopers patrolled for distracted drivers, while troopers in the passenger seats tweeted the action during a tweet along.

Nevada Highway Patrol teamed up with North Las Vegas Police for the tweet along, which lasted about four hours. During that time, they cited about 100 people for distracted driving.

Troopers and police officers tweeted pictures and highlights during the patrol to NHP's 1,300 Twitter followers.

"We're doing a joining forces with North Las Vegas for distracted driving ... as long as this cell law has been in effect people are still doing it," Trooper Mike Cooke said to a driver he had just pulled over for texting while driving.

The goal of the tweet along is to educate people on the road and at home that any driver with a phone in their hand is breaking the law. In North Las Vegas, it's a violation that starts at a $50 fine before adding in court costs. The fines increase with repeat violations.

Some distracted drivers had excuses for breaking the law, while others knew exactly what they were doing.

Other drivers held their phones below the steering wheel hoping the troopers wouldn't see them texting. Cooke said the drivers are easily spotted before they hide their phones because they aren't paying attention.

The distracted driving crackdown will continue through the weekend.

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