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Atlanta police go undercover to stop texting and driving

We all know the dangers of texting and driving. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle. Some studies have even compared texting and driving to drunk driving.

While many states have banned texting and driving, including Georgia, police have struggled to find viable ways to enforce laws that ban. Because spotting a driver who is texting is not always easy, police in Cobb County came up with a new approach: going undercover.

On roads throughout the Atlanta metro area, police are disguising themselves as construction crew members. Many drivers do not think twice about texting in the presence of construction workers, and posing as construction workers gives police a good vantage point for catching those distracted drivers -- even the ones who are at a complete stop.

Texting and driving is not just illegal when the car is in motion. It is illegal anytime you are on the road and your car is in gear.

Of course, the ultimate goal of this undercover operation is to keep the roadways in the Atlanta area safe. As some families know too well, distracted driving can lead to serious accidents that result in severe, life-threatening injuries.

If you or a loved one was injured in a crash that was caused by distracted driving, it may be worthwhile to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your options. It may be possible to hold the negligent driver accountable by filing a personal injury claim. If successful, a claim could result in compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

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