Officers Cracking Down On Distracted Drivers

(Shelby County) More people die in car crashes in Shelby County than any other county in Tennessee.

Several agencies are working together on Tennessee highways this weekend to cut those numbers as much as possible.

A big rig is Tennessee Highway Patrol’s secret weapon for Easter weekend.

Officers have one goal in mind: Keeping you and everyone else alive while driving down the highways.

“Do our best to have zero fatalities this weekend. That way no one will be missing from the dinner table at Easter time,” Sgt. Chris Richardson said.

Death is a harsh reality, but officers in Shelby County face it everyday.

WREG hopped on the big rig with cameras to get an inside look at what crews will be doing to stop distracted drivers.

Patrol officers had a bird’s eye view of drivers riding without seat belts, and even texting and e-mailing behind the wheel.

The lights flashed, and the sirens blared.

Five drivers were pulled over in the hour WREG rode with officers.

“In addition to our regular THP marked units, we also brought down 9 motorcycle units from around the state to help out on this effort,” Sgt. Richardson said. “We kicked this off yesterday and just yesterday alone those nine motorcycle units were able to write over 500 citations,” he said.

In 2014, more than 35 people have already died on the roads in Shelby County.

“Not only does it affect us, it definitely affects those families, and their friends, and those that come to depend on them everyday,” Sgt Richardson explained.

Officers are asking all drivers to slow down, buckle up, and pay attention to the road before another life is taken too soon.

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