Delaware State Police Goes Undercover to Stop Distracted Driving - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Delaware State Police Goes Undercover to Stop Distracted Driving

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 11:00 PM Updated:

DOVER, Del. - Delaware State Police says distracted driving is on the rise, based off of numbers from 2017. 

That's why troopers have started going undercover to stop motorists using their cell phones on the road.  On Thursday night DSP troopers invited WBOC to come along for one of their rides. 

"We are looking for distracted drivers who are talking or actively engaged on the phone, or not wearing their seat belts, or if they're actually committing another traffic violation, they'll be pulled over as well," Sgt. Richard Bratz said. 

The operation requires one unmarked van following four patrol vehicles, equipped with at least seven people traveling along Route 1.  Within the first five minutes of the ride, the backseat spotter located the first violator, of many. Over the next hour, 11 would be pulled over for cell phone usage and three for not wearing a seat belt. 

"We do tell people how we're seeing them. We do tell people that we're in the van and we could be in any unconventional, non-traditional vehicle out there looking for these violations," Bratz said. 

Bratz said officers are not out for a "gotcha!" moment, they're simply trying to save lives with this mission. 

"In 2017 we had over 200 crashes that were attributed to distracted driving and I know we had approximately 12-thousand citations that were written for distracted driving," Bratz said. 

He says over the last few weeks, each time troopers have conducted this operation they see better results. 

"The word's out, we put it out and hopefully people are paying attention to it. And we're basically here to be very positive, proactive and save lives," Bratz said. 

 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Ocean City Prepares for Memorial Day

    Ocean City Prepares for Memorial Day

    May 25, 2018 9:24 PM2018-05-26 01:24:00 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:24:50 GMT
    Memorial Day Weekend is the day resort towns on Delmarva wait all year for. Tourists arrive, lots of them.
    Ocean City is gearing up for yet another busy summer season.
    More
    Memorial Day Weekend is the day resort towns on Delmarva wait all year for. Tourists arrive, lots of them.
    Ocean City is gearing up for yet another busy summer season.
    More
  • "Just Flip 'Em": An initiative to Protect Horseshoe Crabs Across Delmarva

    "Just Flip 'Em": An initiative to Protect Horseshoe Crabs Across Delmarva

    May 25, 2018 11:23 PM2018-05-26 03:23:00 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:23:13 GMT
    With summertime right around the corner, some folks in Sussex County started their memorial day weekend with a trip to the beach but, not just for fun. They were part of the "Just flip'em" initiative, that focuses on saving the life of horseshoe crabs strMore
    With summertime right around the corner, some folks in Sussex County started their memorial day weekend with a trip to the beach but, not just for fun. They were part of the "Just flip'em" initiative, that focuses on saving the life of horseshoe crabs strMore
  • Seaford Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges

    Seaford Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges

    May 25, 2018 9:49 PM2018-05-26 01:49:00 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:38:58 GMT
    (L) Larry Milburn, 52 of Delmar Del. (R) Theresa Trice, 50 of Laurel, Del.(L) Larry Milburn, 52 of Delmar Del. (R) Theresa Trice, 50 of Laurel, Del.
    (L) Larry Milburn, 52 of Delmar Del. (R) Theresa Trice, 50 of Laurel, Del.(L) Larry Milburn, 52 of Delmar Del. (R) Theresa Trice, 50 of Laurel, Del.
    Seaford Police said they arrested two people after police were conducting a traffic stop and found them to be in possession of 50 bags of heroin.More
    Seaford Police said they arrested a Delmar man after they were conduction a traffic stop and found him to be in possession of 50 bags of heroin. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices