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Tennessee Department of Transportation announces No Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

 

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, August 30th through 6:00am on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. 

TDOT to halt lane Closures Lador Day Weekend. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

TDOT to halt lane Closures Lador Day Weekend. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

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Local Law Enforcement holds Distracted Driving Bus Tour

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – On July 23rd, 2019, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Clarksville Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) conducted a bus tour to increase awareness of the new Hands Free Tennessee law.

Law enforcement rode in an unmarked bus and after observing traffic violations, communicated to ground units to initiate traffic stops. Law enforcement focused on drivers using their cell phones while their vehicles were in motion.

Local Law Enforcement raise public awareness of new Hands Free Law in Tennessee.

Local Law Enforcement raise public awareness of new Hands Free Law in Tennessee.

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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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