Johnson City police to get results from distracted driving, following too closely campaign

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – It has been less than a month and already Johnson City Police have issued dozens of citations as part of a new effort to reduce the number of accidents in the city. Police tell us that only the recent numbers are only a reflection of traffic patrol officers.

That new effort centered on monitoring distracted drivers and drivers who follow too closely got off to a little bit of a delayed start, but is already proving beneficial.

Officials say if though you may not see patrol officers on the streets doesn’t mean they aren’t watching you. We told you last month that Johnson City Police are using unmarked patrol cars to monitor and catch drivers breaking the law.

We can talk about it all day long, but if motorist don’t believe that they are going to get caught texting, there is going to be some that are going to have a tendency to keep doing it,” Lieutenant Scotty Carrier said.

Lieutenant Scotty Carrier heads up the Johnson City Police traffic division. He says already traffic officers have stopped about 40 cars and issued more than a dozen different citations as part of this new effort.

“They’ve issued four or five texting citations, at this point they’ve got about a dozen speeding citations and I believe about 19 seat belt citations,” Lieutenant Scotty Carrier said.

So what about the push to catch people driving too closely?

We learned today that so far no citations have been issued. carrier says the department is waiting to get a laser that would read the distance between cars.

Remember Hope Matee? We spoke with her about a driver who was following too closely and rammed into her car.

“People just don’t really closely look and they don’t have that awareness of how much they should stay apart from each other as they are driving,” Hope Matee said.

While it is still in the early stages, police say they want people to be aware and know that they are watching.

“If you are not violating the law, then you don’t have anything to worry about,” Lieutenant Scotty Carrier said.

Police say a special laser that will be used to help monitor drivers that follow too closely is expected to be delivered to the police department in the coming weeks.

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