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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issues Directive

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has issued a directive to Adjutant General Max Haston to review security policies and procedures at National Guard armories, storefront recruiting facilities, and other installations and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of Guardsmen, citizens, and property.

He also instructed Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons to assess the process for issuing handgun carry permits to trained members of the military and to look for ways to streamline it.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security release preliminary 4th of July Holiday Results

 

Preliminary Figures Show Statewide Decrease in Traffic Fatalities

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced preliminary figures that indicated five people were killed in traffic crashes during this year’s Fourth of July holiday period. That’s a decrease from the 12 vehicular deaths during the 2014 Fourth of July period.

There were three vehicle occupants, one motorcyclist and one pedestrian killed during this year’s 72-hour holiday period. One of the traffic fatalities was alcohol-related and one was not wearing a seat belt.

Tennessee Highway Patrol

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Tennessee Highway Patrol releases 4th of July Traffic Enforcement Strategy

 

Tennessee State Troopers to Utilize Data-Driven Enforcement to Reduce Traffic Fatalities

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct a variety of traffic safety tools and utilize data-driven enforcement during the Fourth of July holiday period to help reduce serious injury and fatal crashes across the state. The traffic safety campaign will begin at 12:01am on Friday, July 3rd and conclude at midnight on Sunday, July 5th.

Twelve people were killed in Tennessee during last year’s 96-hour Fourth of July holiday period. That’s down from the 19 vehicular deaths during the 2013 July 4th holiday. Of last year’s 12 traffic fatalities, seven were vehicle occupants and five were motorcyclists. Four (57%) of the individuals killed were not wearing seat belts and three of the traffic deaths were alcohol-related.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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Tennessee Group raising Awareness of Legal Substances that can cause Serious Harm to Babies in the Womb

 

Harmful Effects to Baby May Include Lower I.Q. for Life

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – An occasional glass of wine. A cigarette. A pain pill, prescribed by a doctor. All three are perfectly legal, yet each may cause harm to an unborn baby. Effects can range from short- to long-term, from behavioral and learning issues to a withdrawal syndrome the baby endures right after birth, to physical defects. Some or all of these can have an adverse impact over the baby’s entire life.

A group of health, medical and government professionals from Tennessee is combining strengths to help more women of child-bearing years understand the potential dangers of alcohol, nicotine and prescription medicines. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Trooper placed on leave pending TBI Criminal Investigation

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security officials have placed Trooper Mark D. Williams on discretionary leave with pay, effective immediately, pending an ongoing criminal investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and an internal investigation by the department’s Inspectional Services Bureau (ISB).

TBI agents arrested Trooper Williams on drug charges Friday morning in Lauderdale County. All departmental equipment including weapons, badges and commission card were secured following the arrest and pending the investigations.

Tennessee State Trooper Mark D. Williams

Tennessee State Trooper Mark D. Williams

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Commissioners Bill Gibbons and Many-Bears Grinder announce “Highway for Heroes” Program

 

Program Will Assist Veterans With Commercial Driving Experience Finding Jobs As Commercial Drivers

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the launch of the “Highways for Heroes” program that will help veterans and active military personnel who drove commercial grade vehicles during military service more easily find jobs as commercial truck drivers.

Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2013, the road skills test may be waived for qualified military personnel applying for a Tennessee commercial driver license (CDL). Applicants, however, are required to pass the applicable CDL knowledge test.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Driver Services Centers use of Technology improves Customer Service

 

Online Driver Services Eliminates Visits To Centers In Some Cases

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – New forms of technology launched by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security have resulted in improved customer service and reduced wait times inside the state’s driver services centers. Recently launched online driver services may eliminate the need to visit a driver services center all together.

Earlier this year, the Driver Services Division updated its driver license system used by examiners and other employees to issue, suspend, and revoke driver licenses, and issue identification cards and handgun carry permits. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Trooper makes Traffic Stop and Detects possible Human Sex Trafficking

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – On May 27th, 2015, Tennessee State Trooper Jonathan Scott assigned to THP’s Interdiction Plus Team (IPT), made a traffic stop that lead to the arrest of driver Rafael E. Quiroz-Martinez, 22, of Honduras for Human Sex Trafficking, and the safe recovery of a female victim.

While patrolling I-40 West in Knox County, Trooper Scott stopped a 2007 Honda Fit for window tint violation. As the trooper approached the vehicle, he observed several indicators of possible criminal activity within the vehicle.

During Trooper Scott’s interview of the driver and the vehicle’s 19 year old female passenger, several inconsistencies arose in their statements that caused additional suspicion. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol to conduct “No Refusal” Enforcement, increase Patrols during Memorial Day Holiday

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today announced plans to increase patrols and utilize the “No Refusal” law and a variety of traffic safety enforcement tools to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes across the state during this year’s Memorial Day holiday period.

The 2015 Memorial Day holiday period will begin at 12:01am on Friday, May 22nd and conclude at midnight on Monday, May 25th.

The 96-hour holiday period will include “No Refusal” enforcement, which allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers, in each of the eight THP Districts.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol announces Cinco de Mayo Traffic Safety Enforcement

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will increase patrols and conduct specialized traffic safety enforcement during the Cinco de Mayo holiday in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes across the state. State troopers will observe this year’s Cinco de Mayo holiday period between 12:01am on Tuesday, May 5th through midnight, on Wednesday, May 6th.

Last year, the 96-hour Cinco de Mayo enforcement period resulted in 15 fatal crashes and 16 vehicular deaths across Tennessee. Seven of the 16 traffic fatalities were alcohol-related (43.8%) and seven of the fatalities were unrestrained (43.8%). Five motorcyclists were killed, while one pedestrian died. Three of the traffic fatalities occurred on Cinco de Mayo.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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