Topic: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
Knoxville, TN – A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers.
These dangerous behaviors ― which increase crash risk ― included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding.
Tennessee Highway Patrol stops Vehicle for Traffic Violation, Arrest Human Trafficer Smuggling 12 People
Nashville, TN – On February 8th, 2017, Trooper Jeremy Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Interdiction Plus Team (IPT) stopped a white Toyota Sienna on I-40 eastbound in Hickman County for a traffic violation.
Upon speaking to the driver, Trooper Miller asked for a driver license which the driver stated he did not have. The driver identified himself as Bernado Mateo-Lucas. Trooper Miller continued to question the driver asking how many people were in the van. The driver stated there were four additional people in the vehicle.
Trooper Miller observed six people counting the driver with an additional person lying under a blanket in the floor behind the driver’s seat.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott has announced that Major Stacy Williams has been placed on discretionary leave and relieved of his official duties due to an incident that took place on Sunday, February 12 in Grundy County.
Williams, 47, will remain on discretionary leave with pay pending an investigation into allegations of conduct unbecoming for a department employee.
Major Williams has been a Tennessee state trooper since 1994. He was named Major over the THP Special Investigations Bureau in 2014.
Knoxville, TN – Over 8,000 crashes and 313 fatalities involving an impaired driver occurred on Tennessee roadways in 2016 according to preliminary data from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, TITAN Division.
To avoid becoming one of those tragic statistics, AAA and Budweiser urge everyone to have a game plan to get home safely this weekend if they are celebrating away from home with alcohol. This means choosing a designated driver, calling a cab, staying where you are celebrating or finding another safe way home.
For those that did not plan ahead and need the Tow to Go program, it is available this Friday, February 3rd through 6:00am Monday morning, February 6th.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee citizens with a valid handgun carry permit now have the option to upgrade to a lifetime permit for a lower cost. In 2016, the 109th Tennessee General Assembly lowered the renewal fee on lifetime handgun carry permits from $500.00 to $200.00.
The new fee for an original permit is now $100.00, and the permit is now issued for eight years.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services division is offering Tennesseans more ways to reinstate their driver license.
Citizens have the ability to reinstate online, in-person, or via mail.
Nashville, TN – On Thursday, January 5th, 2017, the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) Interdiction Plus Team (IPT) arrested William A. Holley, 31, of Fort Wayne, Indiana for drug trafficking. At the time of the traffic stop four children ranging from ages 5 to 10 years of age were in the vehicle.
THP Lieutenant Wayne Dunkleman observed a 2016 Toyota Sienna minivan traveling South on I-65 in Maury County following too close to another vehicle. Lieutenant Dunkleman stopped the vehicle which was a rental vehicle on I-65 at mile marker 37.
THP Reminds Drivers to Not Drink and Drive
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct a “No Refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2016 New Year’s Eve holiday period beginning Friday, December 30th, at 6:00pm and concluding Sunday, January 1st, at 11:59pm.
State troopers will perform saturation patrols and bar/tavern checks as well as seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints during the holiday. All of Tennessee’s 95 counties will have troopers working to ensure a safe holiday as we conclude the year.
The state statute regarding “No Refusal” allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.
Tennessee State Troopers Target Impaired Drivers and Seat Belt Offenders
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has announced a reminder that the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will be out in force during the holiday season to ensure travelers reach their destinations safely.
State Troopers will focus their attention on impaired driving and seat belt usage during the holiday, beginning on Friday, December 23rd, and ending at midnight on Sunday, December 25th.
Crew will help in aftermath of wildfires that struck Sevier County
Clarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville has sent six firefighters to East Tennessee to help battle fires that have ravaged Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Fire Chief Mike Roberts said the local firefighters from Clarksville Fire Rescue volunteered for the duty and by 1:00pm Tuesday were headed to join crews in Sevier County.
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