VIDEO: Tri-Cities THP trooper swerving into another lane

A video captured by a News Channel 11 viewer shows a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper swerving into another lane.

The viewer said he saw the trooper repeatedly swerving into another lane along a highway in Greene County, so he decided to capture it on camera.

It comes just months after the Tennessee Highway Patrol launched a statewide campaign to stop distracted driving.

In April, officers boarded unmarked buses to spot distracted drivers.

On Wednesday, a News Channel 11 viewer spotted what he thought was a distracted driver in a THP cruiser on Highway 172 in Greene County.

The viewer, who wants to remain anonymous, said he saw the trooper swerve into another lane numerous times.

THP Spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said supervisors are now investigating what caused this Fall Branch sergeant to swerve in the other lane.

“It definitely does, it does show him crossing the center line and again we don’t know what caused that to happen,” Miller said. “It’s very concerning on our part to see a trooper drive across a center line.”

Miller said THP has a no distracted driving policy.

“They are not ever permitted to drive distracted or text and driver, or operate their state computer in their car,” Miller said. “We will definitely counsel our individual, our sergeant to make sure he know that full attention is required to operate that vehicle.”

State safety officials call distracted driving a threat to public safety and they have the numbers to prove it. 

In 2017, there were 24, 781 crashes in Tennessee in which distracted driving was a contributing factor, according to the Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network.

Of those crashes, if was reported 120 were fatal.

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