Posted: Mar 8, 2013 10:30 AM by Judy Slate
Updated: Mar 8, 2013 10:35 AM
BOZEMAN - If you're still using your cell phone while driving, you might want to stop.
Bozeman's ordinance banning cellphones while driving went into effect more than a year ago.
Now, police say they've seen a disturbing trend - drivers using their phones then dropping the phone when they see a police car. To curb this problem, on Wednesday, Officer Travis Munter patrolled in an unmarked car, looking for people violating the cell phone ban.
"You know, it's a funny thing, when they don't see a police car, everybody's on the cell phone. So it's pretty much, I didn't have a lot of down time, you know. I probably spent a total of about five hours patrolling and stopped 15 different people," Munter said.
Sixty seven percent of the people who were stopped on Wednesday received $100 tickets. The ones who got off the hook were from out of town and did not know about the law.
Munter says he'll be hitting the streets in an unmarked car again soon.