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    PSA Vt Hand Held Device Law Enforcement

    Just want to share an experience I just had in Stowe. First I have no issue with cell phone bans while driving. Using the phone while driving is unnecessary and dangerous. That said, a bit of leeway for when you have the car in park seems fair to me.

    Today in Stowe, I was stopped at the Little River bridge construction site. I had the car in park. My car was in park as they let the on coming traffic through the one open lane. I glanced at my phone to see if an email I was expecting from a client came in. The flagger walks up to my car and says, "just so you know, one of the flaggers on the other side of the bridge is an undercover cop and he's looking for cell phone use. Because this is a work zone he is writing $500 tickets.".

    Sure enough later in the morning I saw him pull a driver out of line and into an adjacent parking lot. If I had looked at my phone on the other side of the bridge I would've been nailed while the car was in park.



    Little over the top enforcement no?

    And yes I know VT has a revenue problem.

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    What does Vt. Law say? No texting? Then just say you were changing your song. Mass. says that is okay.
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    No idea. Just happy the flagger gave me the heads up on the undercover cop across the bridge.

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    Many States/Towns are running into budget problems and are trying to find ways to get more revenue - I am not surprised. It is becoming a serious problem with our country and only going to get worse!
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    Sorry dead head that bs.

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    Oh no worries. I didn't get a ticket. Just warning folks to watch out and be careful. I've never seen a cop go undercover as a road crew flagger. Way over the top

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    My Parents used to live near Ocean City Md, was on a straight stetch of highway near Salisbury Md. when I passed a creative speed trap.
    Cop was in a cherry picker fully extended up near the top of a telephone pole...pretending to be working on the lines wearing a yellow jacket and Radar gun in hand.
    Down stream they had 4 cars pulled over....luckly my foot was'nt too heavy that day.Work zone multiplier too

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    When you're going into Maine on I95 the police stand on the bridges over the interstate with radar guns. You get a half mile up the road and you have a line of unmarked cars on the side of an onramp. Then you see lots of cars being pulled over. They seem to set up this speed trap on the nicest of summer days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeski View Post
    When you're going into Maine on I95 the police stand on the bridges over the interstate with radar guns. You get a half mile up the road and you have a line of unmarked cars on the side of an onramp. Then you see lots of cars being pulled over. They seem to set up this speed trap on the nicest of summer days.
    Yup. that used to drive me crazy when I lived in Maine. From just south of Wells to Biddeford it's speed trap city.

    89 South in both VT and NH today were loaded with cops. 101 as well. Maybe the cops figured people had heavy feet out driving around on the first real spring like day of the year.

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