Ottawa Plainclothes Officers Successful in Distracted Driving Sting
In Ottawa last week, plainclothes police officers posed as construction workers so that they could look out for drivers who were either talking or texting on handheld cell phones or not wearing their seat belts. These plainclothes officers radioed details of the offenders to uniformed officers, who then pulled over and ticketed drivers. 41 tickets were issued between 10 am and 12:45 pm alone. One Ottawa police sergeant hopes that drivers will learn that using hand-held phones while driving is risky. Drivers found talking on their phone can be fined $155, and people who do not wear seat belts may be fined $240.
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