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Maryland officer dresses as homeless man to catch drivers texting

Associated Press
Maryland cop holds 'I am not homeless' sign, helps issue 31 tickets for texting while driving.

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer went undercover and 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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