On the first of the year, it became illegal to drive in an active school zone while talking on a hand-held cell phone in Tennessee.
Drivers over the age of 18 can legally use a hands-free device, but those under cannot.
In an effort to increase awareness of the new law concerning cell phone usage in school zones, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Knoxville Police Department conducted a county-wide school zone saturation Friday morning.
During the saturation, officers said they wrote 108 citations for cell phone usage, one for a seat belt violation, seven for driver’s license violations, 37 for speeding, six for insurance violations, and two other for miscellaneous violations.
"Statistics show a decrease in the number of crashes that have occurred in school zones since 2015. Due to increased law enforcement presence, the numbers have steadily dropped from 114 in 2015, to 99 in 2016, and to 66 in 2017. There have been 15 in 2018 so far," the sheriff's office said in a post to Facebook Friday afternoon.