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Published April 17, 2014, 10:28 PM

Moorhead officers taking to buses to bust distracted drivers

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead officers are taking a ride on the bus to stop distracted driving. This school year, Moorhead bus drivers have reported 80 stop-arm violations, so law enforcement is going incognito to get drivers to pay more attention.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead officers are taking a ride on the bus to stop distracted driving.

This school year, Moorhead bus drivers have reported 80 stop-arm violations, so law enforcement is going incognito to get drivers to pay more attention.

Hey hey, over here!

Texting behind the wheel? Be glad I'm not an officer! They've found a creative way to catch distracted drivers in Moorhead.

These officers are going back to school.

Well, back to the school bus, anyway - to teach drivers an important lesson.

"We just want to get people to think, when there's a bus they should pay extra attention."

Moorhead Police, The Clay County Sheriff's Office, and Minnesota State Patrol teamed up with the school district for a distracted driving blitz.

They hope to get drivers to pay more attention around school busses.

Lt. Deric Swenson/Moorhead Police Department: "If someone runs a stoplight, they probably hit another car. If it's a stop-arm violation, it's kids walking."

From up here, it's easy to look down into vehicles and see exactly what the driver is doing.

Once officers on the bus spot a distracted driver.

“Hey, there's one over here.”

Squad cars stationed in the area pull them over.

And though this is the first time police have tried this exercise, they say it won't be the last.

Swenson: "If you are distracted driving around a bus, you may end up in front of Moorhead Police."

Police have made 90 stops and issued 44 citations during two four-hour enforcement blocks today and yesterday.

We saw a lot of driver’s texting, but officers say eating behind the wheel is also a big problem.

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