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Tennessee Department of Safety Announces Promotions

 

Tennessee Department of SafetyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety promoted 13 individuals at the THP Training Center located at 283 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Nashville. The event marked the first promotion ceremony of the year and the last for outgoing Commissioner Dave Mitchell, who was presented with memorabilia from the Department.

Commissioner Mitchell, Colonel Tracy Trott, and members of THP’s Command Staff, presented rank advancements to the following individuals:

Commissioner Dave Mitchell presented with THP flag from Retired Colonel Mike Walker and current command staff.

Commissioner Dave Mitchell presented with THP flag from Retired Colonel Mike Walker and current command staff.

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Trott Selected as New Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel

 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol LogoNashville, TN – Tracy Trott has been selected as the new Colonel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell announced today. Trott, now the highest-ranking member of the THP, replaces Mike Walker, who retired on Thursday after 33 years with the state. 

“I have worked with Lt. Colonel Trott for the past four and a half years, and have complete confidence in his operational and administrative skills,” said Commissioner Mitchell. “His extensive experience over THP Field Operations and his direct involvement in our law enforcement personnel uniquely qualify him for this leadership role to serve as the next Colonel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.”

Commissioner Dave Mitchell and Tracy Trott.

Commissioner Dave Mitchell and Tracy Trott.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Issues Labor Day Crackdown Warning

 

Major Statewide Law enforcement effort seeks to save lives

The Tennessee Highway Patrol LogoNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) prepares for its second summer enforcement campaign as the 2010 Labor Day holiday weekend draws near. The THP will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest attack on impaired driving, beginning Friday, September 3rd, at 6:00pm and ending Monday, September 6th, at 11:59 pm.

“In an effort to crackdown on impaired driving incidents, our state troopers will join Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the state and nation this holiday period,” Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said. “Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. The THP will be vigilant in protecting our roadways from the careless decisions of those who choose to put Tennesseans in harms way.”  «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Walker Announces Retirement

 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol LogoNashville, TN – After 30-plus years of distinguished service in law enforcement, Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Walker today announced plans to retire as commander effective September 2nd, 2010. A career which spanned over three decades, Walker felt it was time to step down and spend more time with his family.

“Colonel Walker has done an extraordinary job restoring the integrity and credibility of the Tennessee Highway Patrol,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “Under his leadership, the highest standards of professionalism were expected and transparency in dealing with disciplinary issues was ensured. The Colonel has gained the trust and admiration of the department and his legacy will be one of tremendous respect as a State Trooper and leader of the THP.”

Colonel Mike Walker

Colonel Mike Walker

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Gears Up for Back to School Enforcement

 

State Troopers Remind Motorists to be Safe in the School Zone

The Tennessee Highway Patrol LogoNashville, TN — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is gearing up for the school year with a heightened enforcement campaign to keep children safe in and around school zones.  Cracking down on motorists who disregard laws designed to protect children and monitoring school zones and bus stops are just a few components of the enforcement effort.

“As thousands of students return to the classroom on foot or in school buses, we want to remind everyone to be extra cautious around school zones,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “The goal of the Tennessee Highway Patrol is to help local law enforcement and schools protect children from drivers who may be distracted, impatient or careless.”

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THP Relieves Trooper of Duty following arrest by TBI

 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol LogoNashville, TN — Today, the Tennessee Highway Patrol relieved Trooper Cesar A. Maldonado of duty and placed him on administrative leave following his arrest by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Monday, July 12th, 2010.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has assisted TBI in the investigation.

Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “This type of conduct is unacceptable for any law enforcement officer and will not be tolerated by the Department of Safety.”   Mitchell added “There is zero tolerance for this type of conduct and the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Department of Safety deals with misconduct in a swift and appropriate manner.”

Cesar A. Maldonado

Cesar A. Maldonado

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TN Department of Safety releases July 4th Holiday Weekend Statistics

 

Preliminary Figures Show Decline in Fatal Crashes

Nashville, TN — The Tennessee Department of Safety announced today that preliminary figures indicate nine people were killed in traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways during the 78-hour Fourth of July holiday period, which ran from 6:00pm, Friday, July 2nd through 11:59pm, Monday, July 5th.

The nine fatalities is a drop from the 16 deaths that occurred during last year’s July 4th weekend. Of the nine fatalities this year, six were vehicle occupants; two were motorcyclists; and one was a pedestrian.  One of the fatalities was alcohol-related compared to two alcohol-related fatalities in 2009.

“While the preliminary numbers have declined, it is important to also point out that five of the people who died over the Fourth of July weekend were not wearing seat belts,” stated Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Walker.  “We always stress the importance of wearing safety restraints. It could make a difference between life and death.” «Read the rest of this article»

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THP advises Commercial Vehicle Operators of amended law

 

Modified Law took effect July 1st

THP LogoNashville, TN — The Tennessee Highway Patrol will add to its list of safety measures to enforce when an amended state law on lighting regulations for commercial motor vehicles took effect on July 1st, 2010. The amendment, adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly, comes as a result of numerous close calls and serious injuries. 

In summary, the law, TCA 55-9-405, was amended to say that any commercial vehicles transporting intrastate loads of logs, poles, etc., projected four feet or more beyond the rear, between one half hour before sunset and one half hour after sunrise, should have one amber strobe-type lamp or one amber light emitting diode (LED) visible from the rear and both sides of the load. Additionally, both lamps should be detectable from a distance of at least 500 feet from the rear of the load. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol conducts 24-Hour Multi-Agency Commercial Vehicle check

 

THP and Homeland Security inspections secure Tennessee’s highway safety

THP LogoNashville, TN — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting its second statewide commercial vehicle enforcement campaign this year during Operation Strategic Transportation Observation & Prevention (S.T.O.P.), Friday, June 25th.   The 24-hour inspection program begins at 6:00am, June 25th and continues through 6:00am, Saturday, June 26th.  Troopers will be conducting inspections at eight sites across the state in a broad effort to ensure the safety of the motoring public.

“When we travel in our cars with our family and friends across the state, we expect trucks and buses traveling the same roadways to be safely maintained and professionally operated,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell.  “Tennesseans and all citizens traveling on our highways deserve careful monitoring and strict oversight of the motor carrier industry.” «Read the rest of this article»

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THP Reminds Motorists: Never Leave Children Unattended in a Vehicle

 

THP LogoNashville, TN – With above average temperatures this June, the ‘dog days of summer’ are certainly looming on the state of Tennessee.  As the heat becomes a factor, the Tennessee Department of Safety would like to remind motorists to never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle, which can be a dangerous and sometimes deadly offense.

“A child or a pet should never be left in an unattended vehicle under any circumstances – especially in the heat,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell.  “Motorists should routinely make sure all occupants exit the vehicle whenever they leave a car. An illness or even worse, a death, due to such a senseless tragedy is absolutely preventable.” «Read the rest of this article»

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