Savannah, Hardin County cops plus THP to focus on distracted driving Friday

On Friday, Oct. 18, the Tennessee Highway Patrol in conjunction with the Savannah Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department will focus on distracted and impaired driving enforcement, the THP announced.
On July 1, the “Hands Free Law” regarding holding cell phones while driving went into effect across Tennessee.
So far in 2019, traffic fatalities across Tennessee are on the rise, the THP reports.
The National Safety Council says distractions behind the wheel and impaired driving lead the way as motor vehicle crash causes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in 2016 alone.
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts drivers’ attention from the road. This can include everything from talking to passengers to eating to fiddling with the car radio. However, distractions from technology have become especially alarming, particularly texting or reading phones while driving.
The NHTSA says that removing one’s eyes from the road for five seconds when traveling at 55 miles per hour is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

4 Comments

  1. Chris willcutt on October 14, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Savannah cops need to focus on this every day; when an accident does happen to be an obviously distracted driver, what will happen next? The most important thing dealing with distracted drivers is Complacency for the drivers and for the police.

  2. Chasity Casteel on October 16, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    How about you focus on the police officers too there always on there phones don’t catch anything when they are there just like me or anyone else there not special bc that wear a badge and uniform

  3. Tabatha Burkhead on October 19, 2019 at 12:26 am

    I agree they should not be any different except in the sense they are supposed to lead by example. Every police car should have cameras in it and should be reviewed by a non bias official. When caught breaking the law they should receive the maximum punishment because they can’t judge someone when they are doing the same thing. The ones that comply with the law should be rewarded. That way maybe we could cut down on some of the corruption in our law enforcement.

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