Tweeting While Driving is Illegal in Tennessee

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A New Johnsonville woman told Clarksville police she was looking at her GPS when she ran off the road and into a tree.

Brooklyn Miller, 19 was traveling south on the 41A-Bypass on Monday and drove her Chevy Impala into a tree on the side of a hill.

She received a citation for failure to use reasonable care.

News 2 looked at the state’s Texting While Driving law that went into effect in July 2009 and found it covers more than just texting.

Law 55-8-199 states “No person while driving a motor vehicle on any public road or highway shall use a hand-held mobile telephone or a hand-held personal digital assistant to transmit or read a written message.”

That covers the use of Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.

Megan Buell of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office said “Texting is a problem, looking at a GPS, Facebook, just anything in general is distracted driving.”

Dalya Qualls, who’s with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, told Nashville’s News 2 that 380 citations were issued for texting and driving in 2012.

Police officers who spoke to News 2 said the texting while driving law is difficult to enforce. Many times, they said, drivers say they were not texting and suggest the officer check their phone for messages.

Several officers told News 2 that they hesitate to give someone a ticket for texting and driving, but instead will cite them for careless driving.

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