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Dodging the Roadkill: What Will It Take?

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – In July of this year, Tennessee joined about 17 other states in implementing a cellphone law.  In the Volunteer state, drivers could face a fine of up to $200.00 for using their cellphone while driving.  Drivers 18 and older will be prohibited from holding or physically supporting a phone while driving.

My “unofficial” observation?  Nothing’s changed.

My brothers in law enforcement tell me that their superiors have told them to just give “warnings” until the general pubic understands the new law.

From 2015 to 2017, Tennessee topped the list for cellphone distracted driving deaths nationwide according to a new study by ValuePenguin of National Highway Traffic Administration data.

Vehicle Accident. (Gephardt Daily, Utah news team)

Vehicle Accident. (Gephardt Daily, Utah news team)

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Fort Campbell Traffic Management says Distracted Driving can cost you more than Money

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell Traffic Management and Collision Investigations, Installation Provost Marshal Office traffic supervisor Lt. Nicholas Pietila says distracted driving is the No. 1 cause of collisions on the installation.

“There are about 25 roadway collisions on post each week, the majority of which are caused by distracted driving, or it’s a contributing factor,” Pietila said.

Distractions are anything that take the driver’s attention away from the task of operating a motor vehicle safely. Among the most dangerous distractions is texting while driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Entrance sign near the incoming lane outside of Gate 4 at Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) "Screaming Eagles". (Sam Shore)

Entrance sign near the incoming lane outside of Gate 4 at Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Screaming Eagles”. (Sam Shore)

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Tennessee’s “Hands Free” law takes effect July 1st

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Beginning July 1st, 2019, a new Tennessee Law goes into effect that will crack down on distracted driving making hand-held cellphones illegal. Motorists will be fined even for the act of holding a cell phone while at the wheel.

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Clarksville Police Department releases 2018 Traffic Crash Statistics

 

Clarksville Police Department (CPD) 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – In an effort to educate the public and promote safer driving habits, the Clarksville Police Department has compiled some statistics related to motor vehicle crashes for 2018 in the city limits of Clarksville.

The 2018 estimates for population within the city limits of Clarksville is approximately 153,000 and with inclusion of the county, pushes the population directly influencing traffic within city limits to about 200,000.

Clarksville Police Department reports that in 2018, there were 7220 crashes compared to 6684 in 2017, an increase of 536 crashes.

Clarksville Police Department reports that in 2018, there were 7220 crashes compared to 6684 in 2017, an increase of 536 crashes.

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Clarksville Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office join Tennessee Highway Safety Office to launch Operation Incognito

 

Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO)

Tennessee Highway Safety OfficeClarksville, TN – On November 13th, 2018 the Clarksville Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will join the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to launch Operation Incognito (OI) statewide.

The OI campaign was developed this year to evolve Tennessee’s fourth statewide distracted driving enforcement initiative.

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Clarksville Police Department announces Distracted Driving Blitz set for August 21st-25th

 

Clarksville Police Department

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – There is a multi-law enforcement agency distracted driving blitz coming, August 21st through August 25th, 2018. Clarksville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, will be working together, using every tool available to spot and stop distracted drivers.

According to National Highway Traffic Administration statistics, 3450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers and 9.2 percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-related.

Clarksville Police Officers respond to shots fired on Waters Edge Drive early Thursday morning.

Clarksville Police Officers respond to shots fired on Waters Edge Drive early Thursday morning.

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AAA says Distraction Tops Drivers’ List of Growing Dangers on the Road

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – Distracted driving tops drivers’ list of growing dangers on the road, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The proportion of drivers who report talking on a cell phone regularly or fairly often when behind the wheel jumped 46 percent since 2013. Nearly half (49 percent) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving and nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email.

AAA survey shows most people think distracted driving is on the rise.

AAA survey shows most people think distracted driving is on the rise.

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Law Enforcement Agencies crack down on Distracted Driving in Clarksville

 

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Several law enforcement agencies including Tennessee Highway Patrol, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Clarksville Police Department kicked off the month with a Joint Distracted Driving Enforcement Operation in Clarksville on April 5th.

A van, manned with law enforcement, drove around the city looking for distracted drivers and other traffic violations.

A Clarksville Police Officer with someone pulled over for Distracted Driving. (Doug Burgess)

A Clarksville Police Officer with someone pulled over for Distracted Driving. (Doug Burgess)

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Austin Peay State University to host ThinkFast driver safety program March 22nd

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Eighty-three percent of all teens involved in vehicle-related fatalities were not wearing seatbelts. More than 22,000 Tennessee traffic crashes involved drivers under 21.

Distracted driving is one of the leading cause of vehicle accidents in the nation.

ThinkFast driver safety program to be held at Austin Peay State University March 22nd

ThinkFast driver safety program to be held at Austin Peay State University March 22nd

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Traffic Safety Expert to give ‘The Parent Driving Zone’ presentation at Hopkinsville Community College

 

Hopkinsville Community CollegeHopkinsville, KY – Nationally-recognized traffic safety expert and professional race driver Andy Pilgrim will give a free presentation on essential driving and safety skills for parents of children of all ages at on Wednesday, March 7th, at 6:00pm in the Auditorium Building Lecture Hall on the campus of Hopkinsville Community College.

Pilgrim, a United Kingdom native who became a U.S. citizen in 1989, will be the keynote speaker for the Regional Entrepreneur Conference at HCC that morning.

Professional Race Driver Andy Pilgrim.

Professional Race Driver Andy Pilgrim.

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