HCSO Participates in Operation Hands Free
Not only is distracted driving dangerous, its illegal and often times can result in deadly consequences. This morning, in recognition of April being proclaimed “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” the HCSO joined with our law enforcement partners across Tennessee and Georgia, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), both the Tennessee and Georgia Governor’s Highway Safety Offices’, Erlanger Hospital, and AAA, to promote Operation Hands Free.
During today’s press conference, law enforcement personnel from all over the state of Tennessee and Georgia stood in solidarity to send a message that distracted driving is illegal, deadly, and will not be tolerated. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving killed over 3,100 people throughout our Nation in 2020.
“As we recognize April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I want to encourage everyone to make wise decisions and choose to be a responsible driver. Do not use your electronic devices or focus on anything other than the safe operation of your vehicle. Be alert and respectful to others using our roadways. If you choose to drive distracted, endangering yourself and others, HCSO deputies and our partners will be looking for you,” stated Chief Deputy Austin Garrett.