NASHVILLE — Right now, Commissioner Jeff Lengthy of the Tennessee Division of Security and Homeland Safety (TDSOHS) and Tennessee Freeway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry joined a number of regulation enforcement companions to announce the “Tennessee Secure Journey Problem” site visitors security initiative.
The Tennessee Secure Journey Problem is deliberate for Wednesday, November 24, and Sunday, November 28. The problem consists of elevated patrols from the THP and our regulation enforcement companions throughout the state. Regulation enforcement will focus their consideration alongside the I-40 hall. I-40 spans the size of Tennessee, encompassing 455 miles, and runs 2,555 miles by means of eight states, together with North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The THP will proceed statewide enforcement on all Tennessee roadways in the course of the vacation season.
“Our mission is to stop site visitors deaths, one lack of life isn’t acceptable,” mentioned Colonel Matt Perry. “Motorists can anticipate to see an elevated presence of troopers throughout a number of the busiest journey days of the Thanksgiving vacation. It will be significant that all of us observe the foundations of the highway. We are able to stop traffic-related accidents and deaths by driving the pace restrict, buckling our seat belts, by no means driving distracted, and by no means driving inebriated or medication.”
In 2020, there have been 26 crashes on the Wednesday earlier than, and 30 crashes on the Sunday after the Thanksgiving vacation on I-40. One of many crashes was alcohol-related. THP issued 2,209 rushing and 498 seat belt citations and arrested 111 people for impaired driving.
Over the 108-hour vacation interval, there have been six deadly crashes, three of the fatalities have been alcohol-related, and three individuals killed weren’t sporting seat belts. Please see the hooked up THP 2020 Thanksgiving Closing Vacation Report.
“Thanksgiving is a time to replicate on every part we have now been blessed with,” mentioned Commissioner Jeff Lengthy. “The Tennessee Freeway Patrol will do every part of their energy to make sure there’s not an empty seat at your loved ones’s dinner desk. We wish our residents and guests to get to and from their locations safely.”
“TDOT is proud to affix our security companions on this effort,” Commissioner Joe Galbato mentioned. “I-40 is among the most closely traveled interstate corridors within the nation; that’s why our regional assist vehicles will likely be working all through the vacation weekend to help with incidents that will happen. And to additional stop congestion, we is not going to enable lane closures for Development from Midday on Wednesday, November 24, by means of midnight, Sunday night time, November 28.”
“The THSO encourages everybody to plan forward for security this Thanksgiving vacation,” mentioned THSO Director Buddy Lewis. “Ensure you’re absolutely rested earlier than touring lengthy distances. Take relaxation breaks, as wanted. Don’t drive drowsy. Set your GPS and make telephone calls upfront so that you’re targeted and hands-free for the drive. At all times buckle up, and double-check your baby passengers are correctly restrained.”
Throughout your travels throughout Tennessee, please dial *847 (*THP) when you require freeway help. It will join you to a THP dispatcher.
The THP’s checkpoint schedule in the course of the 2021 Thanksgiving vacation could also be considered by visiting our web site. The 2020 statistical report can be hooked up. https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/thp-checkpoints/NOVEMBER2021_CHECKPOINTS.pdf
The Tennessee Division of Security and Homeland Safety’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, safe, and shield the individuals of Tennessee.