Officials go Undercover to Catch Distracted Drivers in Bemidji
They’re watching you when you least expect it. Law enforcement officials have added extra patrols during the statewide Distracted Driving Campaign. We go undercover along with a State Trooper and Bemidji Police Officer to catch distracted drivers in Bemidji.
In an unmarked squad car, Officer Jade Hayft and Lieutenant Brad Norland scouted for distracted drivers on 5th Street and other busy intersections. There was a glare from the sun and heavy traffic near the high school, but the Minnesota State Patrol and Bemidji Police Department tag team made patrolling easier and safer.
The experts paid close attention to vehicles at traffic lights and stop signs because that is when drivers are most likely to pick up their electronic devices when they are not allowed too. According to the state’s “No Texting” law, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose, or send texts and emails, as well as access the web on a wireless device. It is also illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to use a cell phone at any time.
In this day and age where technology is at our finger tips, all demographics are capable of becoming a distracted driver. Driver distractions also include activities such as eating, daydreaming, and adjusting the radio.
The distracted driving campaign ends on April 20th. Preliminary numbers show about 130 citations have been issued for texting while driving during the first three days of enforcement.