Repent! Undercover cops nab cell ban violators

Posted at 11:00 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 14:00:17-04

Michelle Tetreault's daughter didn't know what "repent" meant when she spotted a man with a sign warning "Repent! The end is near!"

But the Somersworth, New Hampshire, girl is plenty sorry now that her mom is facing a $124 traffic ticket for using her cellphone to snap a picture of the man.

Moments after Tetreault took the picture, she was pulled over. She was told the man with the sign was an undercover officer and ticketed for using a cellphone while driving. That's illegal in New Hampshire.

As states ban text messaging and using hand-held phones for drivers, police departments nationwide are getting creative.

Tetreault calls it a "stinky way" to enforce the law, but Somersworth police Chief Dean Crombie says he has an obligation to keep the city safe.