WGNS has more news from the Murfreesboro Police Department on a recent operation that focused on distracted drivers.
In Operation Bluetooth, police wrote a total of 228 citations. 81 Citations were issued to motorist failing to follow the hands-free law and instead, holding their cellphone in their hand while driving. 26 Citations were awarded to folks who were not buckled in. 18 Tickets went to motorist who had their windows tinted too dark, 11 speeding tickets were written and 18 people were caught for not having their car properly registered.
On a more frightful note, 31 citations were given to 31 people in Murfreesboro in a 24-hour window - who failed to have proof of car insurance.
Interestingly, 12% is the ongoing percentage of motorist nationwide who have lacked auto insurance from 1992 to 2019. In other words, people who refuse to get car insurance have refused for years.
According to a 2021 study by the Insurance Research Council, it is more common for Tennesseans to not have car insurance than many of the other states across our country. The most recent study found that 23.7 motorist are driving without car insurance.
The Volunteer State ranked at number 3 on the list for states where drivers lack basic car insurance coverage. In case you were wondering, Mississippi has the most drivers driving without car insurance. There, 29.4% of motorist are uninsured. Michigan came in at number 2 on the list with 25.5% of motorist lacking car insurance.