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Police Crackdown on Cell Phones for One Month

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"Texting and talking on cell phones is one of the leading causes of accidents across the country and certainly is proving itself to be that way in Great Falls," said Sgt. Bryan Slavik of the Great Falls Police Department

The city of Great Falls in response passed a City Ordinance in July of 2012 barring any driver from using their cell phone while driving, but police found it difficult to find individuals.

"Of course what do people do when they see an officer? They put the phone down and if they see us before we see them, it makes it difficult," said Slavik.

That is why in the month of March, the GFPD tried to do something about it.

Slavik said "During the month of March, our patrol teams gathered with some of our volunteers to help try to curb talking, texting, and communicating via electronic means in their cars."

Before the campaign police were finding it difficult to find offenders.

Slavik said "we average about a half a dozen citations every month for that type of call, that type of violation."

In March, with the help of several volunteers in the police department. Their numbers were drastically higher.

Slavik said, "well we feel it was very successful. We wrote 102 citations for that violation in the month of march. Which is significantly up from normal."

Sgt. Slavik says it was a team effort. So now residents know police is keeping an eye out.

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