Officers to crack down on distracted driving this month
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Law enforcement officials are increasingly targeting distracted driving, and the effort includes work from members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “Distracted driving” includes a variety of unsafe driving habits, including fixing make-up, eating a meal or texting at the wheel. Officers are ready to use the next 27 days and beyond to crack down on one of the most preventable dangers to the road. They say if you’re seen texting while driving, you will get a ticket. “Serious crashes and fatal crashes are being caused by distracted driving,” said Lt. Brad Wilbanks with the THP. “It’s a nationwide dilemma and it’s just out of hand, and we’re having to get a grip on it.” Federal estimates say that same distraction contributes to 16 percent of all fatal crashes. That’s around 5,000 deaths every year.