Tennessee troopers jump in trucks to catch texters

| April 09, 2013
In this photo from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tennessee State Trooper pilots the truck used by highway patrolmen to look for motorists breaking driving laws.

In this photo from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tennessee State Trooper pilots the truck used by highway patrolmen to look for motorists breaking driving laws.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has taken to trucks to spot car, pickup and minivan drivers violating day-to-day rules like not wearing a seatbelt, texting while driving and, according to an article from Knox News, drivers with “beer can tabs popped open.”

The article says the Tennessee Highway Patrol owns the truck used in the expeditions, and the officer driving the truck relays information of those outside the law to troopers in patrol cars, who track them down and issue the trickets.

Moreover, a whopping 97 troopers in the state of Tennessee have a CDL and are capable of manning the truck, which is being driven as part of the state’s “Stay Alive on 75” program aimed at reducing crashes on the state’s highways by increasing awareness of what causes crashes.

For more on the story, see the Knox News’ article.

What do you think about THP using the truck to give them a better vantage point? Drop a comment below.

 

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