Tri-Cities state troopers crack down on reckless drivers, part of ‘Operation Southern Shield’

Local

If you’re out on the roads this week, you’re going to want to watch your speed while driving.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is participating in Operation Southern Shield, a week-long program to stop reckless driving.

Dale Doug said he and his wife travel back and forth from Illinois to Virginia every month.

“She got a home out there and we got one up here so we’re just back and forth a lot,” Doug said. “But we went to Cherokee for a day or two, now we will be heading back to Illinois about the first of the month.”

With that much time on the road, Doug said he has seen his fare share of reckless drivers.

“I’d be doing 70 maybe and somebody would pass me like they were doing 90,” Doug said. “So yeah, there are some fast drivers out there, some reckless drivers. I call them ‘road runners,’ weaving in and out of traffic.”

It’s those type of violations that state troopers are cracking down on this week.

Sgt. Nathan Hall of THP’s Fall Branch division said Monday starts the week long program.

“We allocate more manpower to certain roads that have given us some problems in past history for injury crashes, so this year we have chosen Highway 11-E in those five counties and I-26.”

It’s an operation funded by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. Tennessee is just one of five states participating in the program. 

“Our message is to slow down, pay attention, do not drive distracted, find a sober driver, stay buckled up,” Doug said.

Hall said state troopers will increase patrols in certain areas each day this week.

Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss