Tennessee Highway Patrol launches ‘TN Safe Travel Challenge’ for Thanksgiving holiday – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-11-24 09:17:14 –

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Nashville, Tennessee (WATE) —State law enforcement and safety authorities have announced the launch of the Tennessee Safe Travel Challenge Road Safety Initiative prior to Thanksgiving vacation.Challenge starts on Wednesday Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers and partner agencies are saturated on the road and have suspended some road construction to further reduce congestion.

The Tennessee Safe Travel Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday, November 24th and Sunday, November 28th. According to the authorities, this challenge consists of increased patrols from THP and law enforcement partners across the state. THP can also dial * 847 (* THP) if you need highway assistance while traveling in Tennessee. This will connect you to the THP dispatcher.

Law enforcement agencies turn their attention along Interstate Highway 40. The I-40 spans 455 miles in Tennessee and runs 2,555 miles in eight states, including North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. .. THP will continue state-wide enforcement on all Tennessee roads during the holiday season.

“Our mission is to prevent road deaths. One person’s life can never be lost,” said Colonel Matt Perry. “On the busiest travel days of Thanksgiving holidays, motorists can expect an increase in the presence of soldiers. It is important that we all follow the rules of the road. Drive speed limits and wear seat belts. You can prevent traffic-related injuries and deaths by tightening, distracting, and not driving under the influence of drunk or drugs. “

No road construction

Tennessee Department of Transportation Mark Nagi says Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by the construction of roads in Tennessee on this holiday.

“What we are trying to do during these major vacations is to stop all major construction-related lane closures, so from noon Wednesday to midnight the following Sunday after Thanksgiving. Until then, we will stop closing lanes on interstate highways and highways, “says Nagi.

TDOT Commissioner Joe Galbato said on Wednesday that the outage of road construction is part of the department’s efforts to contribute to safety challenges.

“TDOT is proud to join the safety partner in this effort,” said Commissioner Joe Galbat. “The I-40 is one of the busiest interstate highways in the United States, so help trucks in our area are there to help with possible incidents throughout the holiday weekend. It also works. And to further prevent congestion, we will not allow construction lane closures from noon on Wednesday, November 24th to midnight on Sunday, November 28th. “

Number of holiday traffic in 2020

In 2020, there were 26 crashes on the previous Wednesday and 30 crashes along the I-40 on Sunday after Thanksgiving holidays.

One of the crashes was alcohol related. THP issued 2,209 speeding violations and 498 seatbelt citations and arrested 111 people for driving disabilities. During the 108-hour vacation period, six fatal accidents occurred, three of whom were alcohol-related and three who died were not wearing seat belts.

“Thanksgiving is a time to look back on everything we have blessed,” said Jeff Long. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol will do everything in its power to ensure that there are no vacant seats for family dinners. We want to ensure that citizens and visitors can safely reach their destinations.”

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