(Meredith) – Police officers in Georgia dressed up as construction workers to catch people using their phones behind the wheel.
Three Marietta police officers went undercover and stood at an intersection last Wednesday to nab distracted drivers. They watched for motorists who were violating the state’s hands-free law, not wearing their seat belts or both, the Marietta Journal reported.
When the undercover cops spotted violators, they radioed the vehicle descriptions to uniformed officers waiting nearby, who then pulled over the drivers.
Within a few hours, the officers issued 170 tickets at one intersection, according to CBS46.
Officer Chuck McPhilamy told the station he hopes this will help drivers think twice before sneaking around the law.
"It's not just about the person who chooses to pick up the phone. It's about everyone else that's on the road with them," said McPhilamy.
Georgia's hands-free law went into effect last year. For the first offense, drivers will be fined $50 and have 1 point added to their driver’s license. The second conviction will bring a $100 fine and two points to their driver’s license. Three or more convictions carries a penalty of $150 and three points.