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    Tennessee uses 18-wheelers to catch you texting while driving

    Date: 01.28.14 | by Judge Tom.

    That’s right, big brother in Tennessee is keeping an eye on drivers from the cabs of big rigs. In a recent crackdown on offenders this new approach resulted in many tickets for breaking the state’s prohibition against texting while driving.

    "State trooper" posted on front of semi

    “State trooper” posted on front of semi

    The trucks were equipped with lights and sirens the same as other offficial vehicles. On the front of the truck a sign declaring “State Trooper” was mounted. Tennessee law states that texting while driving is prohibited for all drivers in all vehicles. The law considers even reading a text message to be texting. Fines range from $50.00 to $100.00.

    The use of semis may spread to other states so be on the look out. Better yet, don’t text and drive and you won’t have to worry about getting caught.

    We have written on this subject many times while the statistics regarding traffic accidents and highway fatalities grow. Ask yourself if taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds makes sense. Is it worth the life of your little sister or brother, boyfriend or girlfriend?

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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