The Billings Police Department STEP Officers (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) conducted a 2-week cell phone enforcement detail as a result of numerous complaints.
The Cell phone sting took place over a two week process from Oct 312t through Nov 10th 2016.
According to Lt. Niel Lawrence of the Billings Police Department, He stated to the Media that,
"During the two week detail no warnings were issued for cell phone violations."
The detail resulted in the following:
Cell Phone Violation Citations – 208
Drivers stopped for cell phone violations also resulted in the following statistics:
9 seatbelt violations
12 driver’s license violations
24 insurance violations
1 Felony arrest for Criminal Distribution of Dangerous Drugs
1 Felony arrest for Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs
12 Misdemeanor arrests for Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs
14 Misdemeanor arrests for Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia