Georgia lawmen posing as construction workers arrest more than 60 texting motorists

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 16:31:05-04

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — They appeared more like construction workers digging ditches along the side of a highway on a hot summer day.

But some heedless drivers quickly learned those wearing the yellow vests were not doing road work.

Instead, they were policemen in disguise.

Members of the Cobb County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department went undercover to nab texting drivers and those who wouldn't put down their phones in violation of the hands-free law.

The lawmen are making a push to stop distracted driving and make roads safer for all motorists.

The first offense for those who don't put down their phones comes with a $50 fine. Second and third offenses come with $100 and $150 fines.

Atlanta television station WGCL reports that officers distributed more than 60 tickets in about three hours.

And there's a warning in there for everybody who drives a car.

Put down your cell phone and don't text while you drive!