State troopers used a bus Monday to crack down on distracted driving and put a spotlight on how common the practice is.
Officers inside the bus spot distracted drivers, then radio what they’re seeing to other troopers on the highway, who make the stops and issue citations. It’s part of a statewide campaign that’s underway this week.
“They got a woman coming down [Interstate] 40 East and she was taking selfies of herself going down the roadway and passed a trooper.” said Sergeant Randall Martin, a Knoxville-based trooper.
Using the bus helps troopers get a better look at what drivers are up to behind the wheel. THP attributes nearly 25,000 crashes last year to distracted driving — 120 of those were fatal.