Tennessee: Operation Incognito aims to stop distracted driving

THSO joined several state and local law enforcement agency partners to launch Operation Incognito statewide. The campaign was developed to evolve Tennessee’s fourth statewide distracted driving enforcement initiative, known as “the bus tour.” The event also promoted National Traffic Incident Response Week, which runs Nov. 11–17.

Washington State Police upping patrols through Thanksgiving weekend

Troopers in Washington are anticipating many travelers on the road this Thanksgiving, and are upping their presence to ensure roads are safe. The Washington State Patrol said troopers in Spokane, Whitman, Adams, Grant and Kittitas counties will run emphasis patrols from Nov. 15-25, focusing on driving violations. Drivers can expect to see more law enforcement along Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, as well as State Routes 26 and 195 for those heading to and from Pullman, where the Apple Cup will be held Nov. 23.

Zero for the Holidays campaign kicks off in Louisiana

One of the hardest responsibilities for a state trooper is knocking on someone’s door and telling them their loved one was killed by a drunk driver, Capt. Frank Besson said. “No mother, no father, no brother, no sister, aunt or uncle should ever have to hear that, especially when it comes to an impaired driver,” the Louisiana State Police Troop C commander said. “These crashes are totally preventable.” Troop C and the South Central Regional Safety Coalition kicked off the annual Zero for the Holidays campaign today. Now in its 17th year, the campaign runs through Jan. 1.

Iowa: Waterloo Council won’t tap automated camera funds for police

 City leaders are sticking to their guns in earmarking traffic enforcement camera revenue for future property tax relief. Waterloo City Council members voted 5-1 Tuesday to reject a request from Police Chief Dan Trelka to begin using some cash generated from speed and red-light cameras to add police personnel in next year’s budget.

Paris Mayor, under ‘Vision Zero’ banner, unveiled a plan to Pedestrianized City Center

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced a plan to pedestrianize “the center of the French capital, which includes landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral,” the BBC reports on Thursday. The plans would severely restrict traffic in the center arrondissements of the City of Light, with electric shuttles transporting people, AFP reported. Hidalgo is spinning it as a necessary move to reduce air pollution, but said it was residents who called for the pedestrianization, not the city government. The move follows a similar effort in London and Madrid, leading many to wonder why New York does not eliminate cars in a small area, such as south of Chambers Street.