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New MPD Unit Targets Aggressive Drivers

Credit murfreesborotn.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Aggressive drivers are the target of a new unit the Murfreesboro Police Department now has prowling city streets.

A press statement from the MPD notes that, nationally, about two-thirds of all crashes resulting in fatalities are caused by overly aggressive driving.

There’s been a string of road rage incidents in Murfreesboro in recent months, including a confrontation last year that resulted in one driver’s death.

The MPD’s Kyle Evans says the unit’s officers will be looking for very specific signs of aggressive driving.

“Road rage for example, someone speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, but they’ll also be looking for seat belt violations, noise violations, and texting while driving.”

Evans says the new unit will be manned by uniformed officers, but they’ll be driving special, unmarked patrol cars equipped with radar, lidar and onboard video recorders.