CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (CNN) – Distracted drivers are the sworn enemy of motorcyclists. Bikers are some of the most vulnerable when it comes to distracted driver deaths. And, it’s distracted driving awareness month around the U.S.
And in East Tennessee, law enforcement is out in full force this week looking for distracted drivers.
But chances are, you wouldn’t notice them at all.
One of the ways they are getting drivers’ attention is by helping to spot distracted drivers from a bus, then radioing patrol officers to pull those drivers over and write them tickets.
It’s called operation incognito.
Tennessee is number one in the nation for distracted drivers, partly from the high number of traffic fatalities caused by them. The state had more than thirty-one hundred distracted driver related traffic fatalities in 2017.
Lt. Danny Jones with the Chattanooga Police Department, says they’ve already had 15 fatal traffic accidents this year. Multiple agencies teamed up on operation incognito, and there were plenty of violators to keep them busy. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is also emphasizing the move over law, as this is also national work zone awareness week.