Colorado deputy dresses as panhandler to catch distracted drivers

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KUSA) – Drivers not paying attention to the road are also too distracted to notice a new warning sign in Colorado’s Arapahoe County.

An Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy disguised as a panhandler, but also holding a cardboard sign that revealed who he is, spent hours Wednesday at busy intersections looking for distracted drivers.

He found plenty.

The operation was part of an effort by the sheriff’s office to educate people about the dangers of driving distracted.

Deputies set up in areas where there have been more complaints and more accidents. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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