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Officer Dressed as Homeless Man Catches Drivers Using Phones

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