Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office gives ‘thumbs down’ to texting & driving

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — The sheriff’s office is pairing up with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office to promote Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving throughout the month of April. April is nationally recognized as distracted driving awareness month. Sheriff’s department officials say texting and driving is one of the easiest ways to get into a wreck. “Basically distracted driving, it’s not just texting,” said Sgt. Joe Gill with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “There’s numerous distractions that take place in a car that are keeping people from watching the roadway and ultimately causing some of them to get into crashes.” Last year, 48 deaths occurred as a result of texting and driving in the Volunteer State. Texting and driving in Tennessee is illegal and can result in a $50 fine.

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