Tennessee police are launching a major enforcement campaign to catch distracted passenger and commercial vehicle drivers in the act.
The Tennessee Department of Highway Safety campaign is called “Operation Incognito” and it launched on Monday, April 8. Officers enforcing Operation Incognito will also be promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs from April 8 — 12.
As part of Operation Incognito, law enforcement officers across the state Tennessee will be hiding in buses decked out in the Tennessee Highway Patrol colors and logos in order to catch distracted drivers unaware.
During a similar enforcement campaign last year, police handed out about 1,800 citations, according to News Channel 5.
“The primary focus of Operation Incognito is to reduce distracted driving, serious injury crashes, and fatalities,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “A secondary focus will promote awareness for high-risk construction zones across Tennessee. As distracted driving crashes continue to increase, the THSO and partners are committed to enhancing the motoring public’s safety through education and enforcement.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol also has its own custom Peterbilt that they use for similar enforcement campaigns, but it isn’t clear whether they’ll be using it for Operation Incognito.
For more on Operation Incognito, see the report below.