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I was watching the news recently and saw the story about the Tennessee State Troopers using a big rig to enforce the law. My first thought: that was quite a purchase for a taxpayer funded organization, but then found out that it was a truck seized in a drug bust. The truck is decaled up with “Tennessee State Trooper” all over it and even sports a blue light bar on top! Very cool, but how is a big rig being used to enforce the law?
How it works: Two troopers are in the rig; one driving and the other is looking down and catching unsuspecting motorists playing on their cell phones or engaging in other types of distracted driving. He then radios to fellow troopers who are working the operation and identifies the vehicles to be pulled over and ticketed. From the looks of the operation and my experience in a truck for over 20 years, they’ll have enough work to pull people over non-stop for as long as they employ this tactic.
According to the National Safety Council, distracted driving is quickly catching up to to other more well known causes of fatal crashes.
Traffic Fatality Causes
- Alcohol: 31%
- Speeding: 30%
- Distracted Driving: 26%
Armed with this surprising data, Tennessee has a mandate for acting boldly and employing out of the box tactics to enforce distracted driving laws that help keep us all safe. Other states are watching this program so we may see similar tactics from other departments in the future. However, if this “Trooper in a Truck” thing continues, I recommend they seize a fuel efficient aerodynamic truck in the future in order to save the tax payers more money!