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Police using creative methods to catch distracted drivers

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA (AP) -

It’s estimated each day about 600,000 drivers are driving distracted. Whether it’s their cell phone, GPS, mascara or fast food, police in one California city is cracking down on distracted driving in an unusual way.

In San Bernardino, California, police are dressed in plain clothes, and posing as panhandlers to bust distracted drivers, holding signs saying “Hey, don’t get to the homeless people, I’m a police officer.”

Cellphone are now involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year and those crashes killed an estimated 6,000 people.

One officer recalled a woman driving extra distracted.

"We had a woman coming down with no seat belt on. She was talking on her phone and putting on mascara. All at the same time," the officer said.

In just two hours, they stopped 54 people and issued 39 tickets for distracted driving. 

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