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Police find success, frustration in targeting texters

It was an elaborate crackdown, the first of its kind in West Bridgewater: Plainclothes officers stationed along Route 106 spotted dozens of people engrossed in their cellphones while they drove. A quarter-mile ahead, uniformed officers pulled the drivers over, 51 in ­total, for texting while driving.

But while 37 people were given $100 citations or warnings, 14 others were let go. They were not texting, they ­explained; they were dialing a call or looking at directions, both still legal.

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