It’s distracted driving awareness month around the U.S. and in East Tennessee, law enforcement is out in full force this week, looking for distracted drivers.
But chances are, you didn’t notice them at all.
One of the ways they were getting drivers attention, was by helping to spot distracted drivers from a CARTA bus, then radioing patrol officers to pull those drivers over and write them tickets.
Steve Dillard, TN Highway Safety Office – “We’re here today because we want to bring attention to our drivers again. We’re looking for distracted driving.”
It’s called: Operation Incognito.
Tennessee is number one in the nation for distracted drivers, partly from the high number of traffic fatalities caused by them. The state had more than 3,100 distracted driver related traffic fatalities in 2017.
Regena Young, Adult Trauma, Erlanger – “For us at the level one trauma center, motor vehicular accidents are the number two cause of trauma patients coming in to us, and so certainly that is a huge area that we can improve on.”
LT. Danny Jones with the Chattanooga police department says they’ve already had 15 fatal traffic accidents this year.
Multiple agencies teamed up on Operation Incognito, and there were plenty of violators to keep the THP, Hamilton County Sheriff, and CPD busy, with the help of spotters from various other law enforcement agencies on the bus.
Steve Dillard – “This is Distracted Driving Week throughout the United States, and so this week, we’re spending time working on our roadways to bring attention to our drivers, about this type of behavior, that we’re trying to stop.”
The Tennessee highway safety office is additionally emphasizing the move over law, as this is also national work zone awareness week.