Nov 4, 2016 11:56 AM

Police getting creative in enforcing NH drivers' cellphone ban

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Portsmouth Police are getting creative with enforcing the state's law banning hand-held cellphone use while driving.

Police Chief David Mara says recent efforts have included plainclothes officers acting as "spotters" to alert uniformed officers about violators, who are then stopped. The Portsmouth Herald reports the chief said drivers behave differently when they are near marked police cruisers.

A recent effort in the city's Market Square resulted in 100 cars stopped one Saturday. Mara said police are planning to put an unmarked car with a plain clothes officer on the road, as well.

The law banning hand-held electronic devices behind the wheel went into effect on July 1, 2015.

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