North Idaho Police Use School Bus To Catch Texting Drivers

Aug 26, 2016

Credit Seth Perlman / AP

A school bus roaming the streets of Moscow this week has been a cover for police officers looking to catch traffic violations.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that members of the Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police and Latah County Sheriff's Department rode in the bus that was equipped with a video camera, radio and observation form in order to flag down potential tickets for patrol cars.

When a driver was seen committing a traffic violation such as texting while driving, the bus-riding officers would radio a patrol car in the area and then a traffic stop would be made.

Officials say the bus was used because people didn't expect officers to be inside and because it gave them a higher vantage point to see into cars.