Operation Incognito: THP hoping to catch distracted drivers today

Posted at 6:41 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 11:58:12-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is kicking off their initiative to catch distracted drivers.

Last year, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office launched “Operation Incognito” as a way to catch distracted drivers and educate the public on just how dangerous it is.

On Monday, officers are hopping on a big bus and driving around Nashville to catch drivers in the act. A big part of the initiative is to emphasize Tennessee's “Move Over Law.”

The Tennessee Department of Homeland Security numbers show distracted driving crash numbers climbing every year.

Statewide since 2008, there have been more than 207,000 distracted driving-related crashes, with more 23,000 of those happening in Davidson County.

They're also promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week to remind drivers to slow down and pay attention in work zones.

Last April in a similar initiative, law enforcement handed out more than 1,800 traffic tickets. A ticket for texting and driving can run you around $50.