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Maine deputies use tricky tactics to catch distracted drivers

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A picture posted on the department's Facebook page shows Deputy Zach Kinderlan holding a sign letting drivers know if they are texting, they are about to get a ticket. (Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department)

TOPSHAM, Maine (WGME) -- The Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department is using some tricky tactics to try and catch distracted driving.

A picture posted on the department's Facebook page shows Deputy Zach Kinderlan holding a sign letting drivers know if they are texting, they are about to get a ticket.

Deputies say it was one of many details being done statewide.

The effort is funded by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

Its goal is to reduce the amount of texting while driving as well as distracted driving offences.

“Looking at your phone, texting, watching video, even if you are stopped at an intersection, is a violation. It is our hope that folks will put the phone down and concentrate on their driving,” the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Department wrote on Facebook.