ISP Using Trooper in a Truck to Nab Distracted Drivers

Illinois State Police are cracking down on distracted drivers in a unique way.

They are driving up and down the interstates in semi trucks, looking for drivers who are either making calls or texting.

When spotted, drivers may be wondering how they are caught when they are pulled over seemingly at random.

WICS-TV reports it’s called Trooper in a Truck, which is a new program Illinois State Police has rolled out to help cut down on distracted driving.

Being in a semi truck, troopers can have a better line of vision into other semi trucks as well as commercial vehicles.

After noticing the driver who is on their phone, they will radio the car’s information to a trooper who is up ahead. They will then pull the vehicle over and give them a citation for driving while distracted.

On Thursday, the Illinois State Police are using a semi truck from Newman Carriers, who hope there will be an added emphasis on the dangers distracted driving can bring to the highway, specifically to semi trucks.

The program is just three months old, but the Illinois State Police said they would like to see it eventually expand throughout the entire state.