VSP cracks down on 'rubbernecking' drivers at crash site

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RICHMOND, Vt. (WCAX) While police were investigating Thursday's I-89 truck rollover, they were also giving out tickets to drivers on their cell phones.

Police say using your phone while driving is against the law and creates hazards for the first responders on scene. With low visibility and rain, authorities say drivers on their phones are just an extra layer to an already potentially dangerous situation.

Vermont State Police Sgt. Paul Ravelin says drivers using a camera is never a good idea. "In a situation that's an active motor vehicle crash on the interstate, you're going to have to surpass the crash and not take any photos or videos and continue on to your destination. The photos will be posted as soon as we can," he said.

Police handed out at least five tickets ranging from a two-point violation and costing $162 to $470.

Sgt. Ravelin says slow down, give yourself time and get off your phone.