Earlier this week in Topsham, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff Department tried out a clever new way to find distracted drivers.

According to their Facebook page, Deputy Zach Kinderlan and Sergeant Greg Siegel, dressed in civilian clothes and holding a piece of cardboard made into a sign (that identified them as law enforcement), stood at a busy intersection pretending to be pan handlers.  This allowed them to spot drivers who were illegally using electronic devices.

Many people may not realized that looking at your phone to text, or watching video, even if you are stopped at an intersection, is a violation.

So, please put your phone down and concentrate on driving.