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Iowa State Patrol using disguise and other “creative ways” to bust distracted drivers



This news story was published on July 21, 2017.
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DES MOINES – The next time you drive by an RV on the interstate, you never know who might be inside watching to make sure you are following the laws, the Iowa State Patrol said Friday. Driving through a construction zone? The man or woman on the side of the road in construction gear might just be a Trooper.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) is stepping up enforcement efforts of the new distracted driving law in new and creative ways. Often motorists are on the lookout for marked law enforcement vehicles and uniformed officers so that they can quickly put their phone down until they are no longer in sight.

If motorists think they can get away with texting and driving, the Iowa State Patrol has something else in mind. The Patrol is finding creative ways to get around this enforcement problem.

The Iowa State Patrol has been working, and will continue to be working on special projects statewide over the next couple months, which will allow Troopers to see texting motorists without the motorist knowing. This is all in an effort to help keep motorists safe.

One such project had Department of Natural Resource officers in their DNR trucks looking for texting drivers and calling them into ISP Troopers. Another upcoming project will have plain clothed Troopers in an RV looking for drivers using their electronic communication devices in an unlawful manner.

You just never know when ISP is watching, so motorist be warned, put your phones down and focus on the road!

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8 Responses to Iowa State Patrol using disguise and other “creative ways” to bust distracted drivers

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Your never going to catch all the snowflakes graduated from high school with good grades and absolutely NO common sense or values -that;s why you see all thoe puke shows on TV – Walking Dead etc.

    • Black Kettles Reply Report comment

      July 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Exactly! Just like these loser government employees making the White Sox suck so bad this year. #MakingChicagoGreatAgain 🙂

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I hope the get several caught right away and publicise it to make people think about it. I am a delivery driver and I see it at least 40 times a day. Put your phones down and drive!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Someday soon they will be a sneaky as our elected policitans – the rats of course.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 22, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Canada has been doing this for 20 years, and it works.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 22, 2017 at 7:43 am

    You would think there is an electronic devise (spy) that if a car passed you you could tell if there was a active phone signal coming or going from that vehicle – sheeh ! Iowa taxpayers should’nt be forced to buy 100 Winnebaggers .. Minneapolis has more Somalis than any other city in America . See the riot when the kooky mayor stood up for them .

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 22, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Jesus, I see a dozen people on their phones every day. Just use an unmarked car. No need to go undercover about it.

  7. Allen Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Good, get em all…