“People don’t see this vehicle going down the road. It’s one of the largest vehicles out on the road but they don’t see it because they’re distracted.”
They alert other troopers, who then pulled those drivers over with their THP cruisers.
“We just try to ride in the center lane, right at the speed limit for trucks, and just let them go by,” said Lt. Boshears, before spotting the second offender.
There is only one THP tractor trailer, so the districts take turns and share. This week marks the first time Knoxville’s District One has used the truck for this type of enforcement campaign.
Sgt. Martin said they hope it will get their message about the dangers of texting driving heard.
“Not only to enforce violations, but also to educate. It’s not as easy as just writing a citation sometimes. People can take their citation and go on, but they have to learn something from that experience.”
THP’s truck campaign continues into Wednesday. They expect to have final enforcement numbers later this week.
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