Tennessee American Water to Participate in Distracted Driving Awareness Event
Tennessee Highway Safety Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol to Host Crack Down on Distracted Driving
Chattanooga, Tenn. (March 29, 2018) – Tennessee American Water will join local and state law enforcement officials on April 4 to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving and to support Tennessee’s mission, Drive to Zero, a multi-agency collaboration to decrease traffic fatalities statewide.
“Distracted driving is a danger to all of the public. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing,” said Manager of Operations for Tennessee American Water Casey Allen. “Drivers should remain focused and diligent at all times.”
“Tennessee American Water and other utility or public work employees often perform work on roadways. In an active work zone, workers are especially vulnerable,” said Allen. “Fatalities with Tennessee Department of Transportation employees in the last couple of years unfortunately made this all too clear.”
“The Move Over Law requires that motorists change lanes if safe to do so or slow down when a vehicle with flashing lights is parked on the side of the road,” he said. “This law protects utility workers in addition to police and other emergency vehicles.”
On Wednesday, April 4, Tennessee American Water will join the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO), the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and local law enforcement in Chattanooga for Tennessee’s third statewide bus tour to crack down on distracted driving. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the THP Chattanooga headquarters, 4120 Cummings Highway.
Texting is one of the most common and dangerous distractions. Other examples are talking on the phone, applying makeup, eating, playing loud music, or driving with a pet in your lap. Distractions can even be mental or emotional.
In 2017, there were 24,781 traffic crashes statewide where distracted driving was a contributing factor, according to the Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN). Of those crashes, 120 were fatal.
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