Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Extra Enforcement April 10-23 To Combat Distracted Driving

Extra Enforcement April 10-23 To Combat Distracted Driving

Tennessee Highway Patrol launches campaign against distracted driving.

Tennessee Highway Patrol kicked off its "Thumbs Down" campaign with sheriff's deputies and police officers boarding a bus at the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

"The call itself is not against the law, it is the fact that the driver was not devoting full attention to the road", Greer said.

Gleason says 4.6 seconds is the average time a distracted driver has his/her eyes off the road when texting or looking at texts. "We have seen all of that". Next week, April 6-10, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is promoting a campaign for the awareness of distracted driving.

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Police issued a total of 22 tickets, including eight for texting in about 45 minutes Monday on roadways including Interstate 40, Germantown Parkway and Stage roads.

Redman says research finds even 70-year-olds are allowing themselves to get distracted while driving, sometimes texting on their cell phones and running traffic lights.

"Now there are even more temptations, like making a Facebook Live video, sending a Snapchat, all the social media use that's on the rise so people are more tempted than ever to reach for their phones behind the wheel", said Elizabeth Carey, Public Affairs Manager for AAA. If you drive distracted, you risk your life and the lives of everyone around you.

A ticket for a first offense of distracted driving is $20, which will be $162 after fees, and a second offense if $50, equating to $285 after fees.

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