Cops Pose As Panhandlers To Catch Distracted Drivers
Officers from the San Bernardino Police Department pretended to be panhandlers to catch drivers violating seat belt and cell phone laws.By Becca Dunn | July 22, 2015
For many in San Bernardino, California, it might have paid off to read the panhandlers' signs.
Or, fake panhandlers' signs. The San Bernardino Police Department went undercover and dressed as panhandlers to catch distracted drivers. Four officers stood on freeway off ramps with signs that read: "I am not homeless. SB Police. Looking for seat belt/cellphone violations."
According to a press release from the police department, the purpose of this undercover enforcement was to "bring awareness to the importance of seat belt usage and distracted driving."