MOSCOW, Idaho --- Students are not the only ones going back to school. Police officers in Moscow are riding school buses to catch other drivers texting.
Officers from Moscow Police Department made more than 120 traffic stops after loading up a borrowed bus from Moscow School District with five officers and driving around town looking for distracted drivers.
"We needed a less obvious method of patrolling the area," said Jay Waters, a MPD officer. “Crashes are going up due to inattentive driving.”
Giving out tickets to drivers on their phones is not as easy as people think. Police cannot give someone a ticket if they cannot physically see the cell phone in the person’s hands.
Riding in school buses allows officers to see directly in to your car, giving them a better line of vision.
"There were so many [traffic stops] each day, we just didn't have enough officers," said Waters.
The drivers that were ticketed during the undercover operation were fined $81. Officers said they even caught a drunk driver.
Waters said even though their cover might be blown on the stealthy school bus operation, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
"You should be extra cautious around school buses to begin with," said Waters. "Which I think is a good idea anyways, because those are our kids."