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Police departments getting more creative to catch distracted drivers

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ST. LOUIS (CBS Newspath) – Officers across the country are becoming more creative when it comes to catching distracted drivers.

In 46 states it is illegal to text and drive, and the National Safety Council estimates cell phones accounted for 1.6 million accidents in the U.S. last year. Over the past year, fatal distracted driving crashes have jumped nearly 9 percent.

In the time it takes a driver to look down and send a text a vehicle could travel the distance of a football field.

To catch distracted drivers, police are getting creative. In San Bernardino, California officers have posed as panhandlers, in Moscow, Idaho they used a yellow school bus, and in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts they are using bicycle officers.  

Officers said because drivers are reluctant to admit they were using their cell phone during an accident, there is a huge gap in the data on distracted driving.

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