Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons appeared before the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee this week to present their budget request, which includes funding for the Tennessee’s Highway Patrol (THP).
The THP is the first state law enforcement agency in the nation to use predictive analytics to deploy resources in the best possible way to prevent tragedies on Tennessee roadways. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott presented Trooper Michael Sullivan and Dispatcher Andrew Lawson with the 2014 Trooper and Dispatcher of the Year award, respectively, at a special ceremony held Wednesday evening in Murfreesboro. Also, the THP Fall Branch District was awarded the 2014 District of the Year.
The University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones served as the keynote speaker. Coach Jones is the son of a long-time police chief and nephew to a Michigan State Police Commander.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) urge citizens to avoid unnecessary road travel on Monday as the state prepares for a severe winter storm. Motorists who must drive on Monday are advised to check local forecasts and road conditions before travelling.
Middle Tennessee will be under a Winter Storm Warning starting at 9:00pm, CST, Sunday until 6:00am, CST, Monday. The National Weather Service is forecasting a wintry mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain at Tennessee’s border with Alabama. Along Tennessee’s border with Kentucky, six inches to 10 inches of snow is possible.
Tennessee Government announces 2014 Traffic Fatality Figures, Strategic Highway Safety Plan for 2015
Nashville, TN - Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer has announced the preliminary number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee last year and the state’s strategic highway safety plan for 2015.
The 2014 traffic fatality numbers include vehicular deaths reported by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies.
Early figures indicate there were 961 vehicular deaths on Tennessee roadways in 2014. That’s the second lowest traffic fatality number since 1963 and the fifth time traffic deaths have dipped below 1,000 since that year. «Read the rest of this article»
Dial *THP from Cell Phone in case of Roadside Emergency
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is urging citizens to prepare for weather-related problems on the roads across the state this winter. Motorists are encouraged to dial *THP (*847) from a mobile phone for state trooper assistance in case of a roadside emergency.
“We want to make sure all Tennesseans are prepared in case they become stranded on the roads this winter. State troopers are standing by to assist motorists in the event of a roadside emergency during these extreme cold temperatures,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct a “No Refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2014 New Year’s Eve holiday period, beginning at 12:01am, Wednesday, December 31st and concluding at 11:59pm, Sunday, January 4th.
State troopers will perform saturation patrols, seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints and bar/tavern checks during the holiday.
The state statute regarding “No Refusal” allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Highway Patrol releases Interstate 40 Challenge Results
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the preliminary number of four traffic fatalities statewide during the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday period, which began on midnight Wednesday, November 26th and ended at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 30th.
If this year’s preliminary figures remain, it would mark the lowest number of vehicular deaths during the Thanksgiving holiday period since the seven traffic deaths in 1983. In 2013, there were 12 vehicular deaths during the 120-hour Thanksgiving holiday. «Read the rest of this article»
Eight state police or highway patrol agencies will increase patrols on I-40 for Thanksgiving
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the second annual “Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive to Zero Fatalities” traffic safety initiative during the Thanksgiving holiday period.
The Interstate 40 Challenge will consist of increased patrols from state police or highway patrol agencies along the I-40 corridor in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee. The challenge will take place on the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving period, specifically from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol Aviation Unit helped locate a male suspect in Montgomery County who was wanted for armed robbery in a neighboring county on Tuesday night.
The Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office requested aviation support, after the suspect allegedly robbed the Eckerds Pharmacy in Ashland City by gunpoint on Tuesday. Local law enforcement officials engaged the suspect in a pursuit northbound on Highway 12 into Montgomery County, where the suspect crashed his vehicle near the intersection of Highway 12 and the bypass. He then fled on foot.
THP Wins Award for Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety in Special Category
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott accepted the second place award for one of the country’s top state police and highway patrol agencies in the 2014 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Challenge at the international organization’s annual conference in Orlando, FL, last week.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the THP has earned second in the overall National Law Enforcement Challenge. «Read the rest of this article»
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