The Police are out in full force and they’re looking for you.

“Hands-free means hands-free”! That’s what the patrolman told me when he handed me my citation for using my cell phone while driving.

Let’s back up just a little bit.

I was driving home from vacation in the Poconos while my daughter and son-in-law followed behind.

We stopped for gas on highway 31 in Flemington.

As we pulled back onto the road I lifted my phone to make sure my GPS was on and I put it back down on the seat. No calls, no texts, just a simple glance down to see if the thing was on.

That’s all it took.

I explained to the officer exactly what I did, and he told me to wait in the car while he runs my license.

Thinking I would get a warning, instead, I was handed a nice little ticket.

As if this isn’t bad enough, the ticket can carry a fine of $200 - $400 dollars and that’s just for the first offense. The ticket also carries a mandatory court appearance.

This brings us to the quote from the officer.

Yes, hands-free truly means hands-free.

So for you, the one driving down Highway 37 with your phone firmly planted on your ear, your days are numbered. Trust me they will find and fine you!

As for me, I am going to have to drive 1 and ½ hours to Flemington sometime in October for making a stupid mistake. At least the trees will look nice.

Until next time,

Rock on party people.