Police Officers Become Increasingly Creative in order to Catch Texting Drivers
Police officers across the country are taking more creative approaches to catching texting drivers. In Tennessee, police officers are getting behind the wheel of a big rig to get a better view at what drivers are doing in their vehicles. Tennessee State Troopers are hiding in plain sight in an effort to identify texting drivers and increase awareness as to the dangers of texting while driving. Troopers travel in a big rig that belongs to the department. The height of the vehicle allows officers to peer into cars and uncover whether drivers are texting. If they spot a driver texting, this information is radioed to an officer in a police vehicle who then pulls over the suspected texting driver.
Police report that they devised this method in part due to the difficulties of determining what a driver is doing within the vehicle. By driving a big rig, officers can see clearly within the vehicle and will be able to build a stronger case against the driver. Police remind drivers that texting even at red lights is still illegal.
Officers in Georgia have similarly developed creative distracted driving enforcement methods. In a previous blog, we discussed Cobb County police officers' attempts to catching texting drivers by dressing up as construction workers. The officers found that as construction workers they were able to get closer to passing vehicles and could easily see whether a driver was texting.
In Georgia, distracted drivers will face tickets of $150 for a first time offense and one point on their licenses. Georgia police officers, like those across the country, report that distracted driving is a significant problem, costing many lives each year. Innovative police techniques have become a part of the ongoing effort to save lives by decreasing rates of distracted driving.
Put Your Phone Away to Prevent Accidents and Serious Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 3,000 people are killed due to distracted driving each year. Drivers who text are over 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. Distracted driving is a tremendous problem that impacts us all. Even the most cautious of drivers could be injured in an accident due to the negligent conduct of those around them.
To ensure your safety and the safety of those around you, never text and drive. Place your cell phone in a location where you will not be tempted to access it while driving or turn it off when you are behind the wheel. Remember that texting while driving is a traffic offense and you could face fines and other penalties if you engage in this dangerous practice.
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