The Virginia State Police is using unmarked vehicles, driven by  “covert officers” to track down texters violating newer, tougher laws in the Commonwealth.

Texting became a primary traffic offense on July 1 of this year and a ticket costs at least $125 and Virginia will dock your driver’s license by three demerit points.  Lie to the trooper about texting and the fine can get higher.

Officers out of uniform and driving what the VSP says are “normal appearing vehicles” photograph offending drivers and send that photo immediately to a uniformed officer down the road.

If the texter denies his or her illegal activity, the photo is presented as evidence.

Is it working?  State troopers issued 26 tickets in just eight hours in Southwestern Virginia.

Smile. You’re on “Criminal Camera!”