Tennessee Highway Safety Office launches Operation Incognito

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is partnering with various state and local partners to launch Operation Incognito. The campaign was developed in addition to Tennessee’s fourth distracted driving enforcement initiative, also known as “the bus tour.” The operation also coinciedes with National Traffic Incident Response Week, which occurs through November 17.

“The primary focus of Operation Incognito is to reduce distracted driving, serious injury traffic crashes, and fatalities,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “A secondary focus will include saturations of high-risk construction and utility maintenance zones to increase awareness. Drivers are encouraged to protect roadway workers by staying focused and alert at all times.”

Operation Incognito goes alongside the bus tour, which was created by Arriale Tabson, Public Information Officer with THSO. According to Tabson, she wanted to coordinate a statewide distracted driving enforcement bus tour based on current distracted driving enforcement conducted by the THP Nashville District on the local level. The idea was to convert the THP Nashville District’s enforcement plan into a collaborative statewide effort, allowing each THP District to work with local law enforcement agencies to share resources and increase distracted driving enforcement during a 4-day enforcement period.

During the first bus tour, which occurred from April 10 to April 13, THP provided a large, black and tan bus marked with THP logos to transport law enforcement as they observed motorists for traffic violations. During the tour, officers within the THP bus communicated to patrol vehicles on the road for execution of enforcement action. Each participating district conducted approximately one to two hours of enforcement.

The campaign resulted in 224 total traffic citations issued statewide during the 4-day period.

The second tour ran from October 9 to October 12, 2017. According to Tabson, the THP provided two large, black and tan buses marked with THP logos. On Monday, one bus toured through West Tennessee while the other toured through East Tennessee. By Thursday, both buses met in Middle Tennessee to conduct simultaneous enforcement throughout downtown Nashville’s interstate loop.

This campaign resulted in 905 total traffic citations issued statewide during the 4-day period.

The THSO launched its third bus tour in April of 2018. During which 1,816 citations were issued statewide.

What can motorists expect to see during Operation Incognito? According to Tabson, bus tours are scheduled throughout Middle Tennessee in Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner, and Williamson Counties. Furthermore, the Tennessee Department of Tourism is currently displaying promotional banners at 13 Welcome Center locations statewide.

The operation launched yesterday with several press conferences held throughout the state. In addition to the bus tour and National Incident Response Week, the operation also aims to increase awareness for Tennessee’s “Move Over Law.”