The next time that you are approaching a stop sign or a stop light I hope that you are paying attention. Make sure that you read the sign carefully before pulling over to help the homeless. It seems that the local police are doing a little fundraising of there own. How exactly do we go from ‘avoiding the gaze of that homeless person holding a cardboard sign’ to ‘you losing your license. Well that’s what has happened. Let’s take a look at a recent sting operation held by the San Bernardino Police Department (in California) that led to a comical number of citations for people texting while driving and driving without wearing a seat belt.
Officers in the San Bernardino Police Department carried out a sting where they dressed in street clothes and carried signs that read, ‘I am not homeless. SB Police. Looking for seat belt / cell phone violations.’, and then they wrote tickets to each and every person not wearing their seat belt and for texting or messing with their phones.
The NYDailynews reported:
Four officers with the San Bernardino Police Department camped out along a California highway off-ramp posing as panhandlers as part of an undercover sting to bust distracted drivers.
The sting was a great success for the city and treasurer. The four-hour operation led to 50 total vehicle stops, including 33 for cell phone violations, 15 seat belt violations and five cars impounded because the drivers were either unlicensed or driving on suspended licenses, police said.
“During this detail, our undercover officers walked up to the windows of many vehicles unnoticed by the drivers that were either talking or texting on their cell phones,” police said in a statement on the sting. “Those calls and messages can wait until you arrive at your destination and are not worth risking the life of yourself or those around you while driving.”
There were a number of other violations also ticketed. The officer said I don’t see a problem with people texting or fidgeting with there phones but not wearing a seat belt is how people get broken necks.