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THP Trooper Gordon Roberts uses the THP's "No Zone" semi to spot people texting while driving on I-75.Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press THP Trooper Gordon Roberts uses the THP's "No Zone" semi to spot people texting while driving on I-75.Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Trooper Gordon Roberts sat behind a pair of Ray-Bans, a steering wheel and about 15 different gauges as he merged onto Interstate 75. He looked out the driver's side window and scanned across the three lanes in front of him, left to right, looking for his first catch of the day.

"We should be able to nab some people here," he said in an accent forged through a childhood in Rhea County.

From the cab of a Tennessee Highway Patrol-owned tractor-trailer, he looked down into cars and minivans and smaller trucks, searching for seat belts that rested unbuckled, fingers that tapped text messages and beer can tabs that popped open.

Roberts snaked his way up and down the Chattanooga highways, picked out lawbreakers and relayed the information to other troopers, who chased the drivers down in patrol cars and passed out tickets.

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