April 3, 2016
Knoxville, TN – More than 102,000 traffic crashes have been caused by distracted drivers in Tennessee in just the past five years, AAA reports. In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA warns drivers to put it down, don’t text and drive and avoid any activities that divert attention from the primary driving task.
Any distractions could endanger a driver, passengers, or others sharing the road including bicyclists or pedestrians.
March 10, 2016
Nashville, TN – Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has recorded a Tennessee “Call to Action Traffic Safety Video” requesting a commitment from every Tennessee motorist to be safe. The message is direct: The time is here, the time is now to stop highway related traffic deaths. It is your time to do what you must to protect yourself and your loved ones.
“If you speed, don’t wear your seat belt, drive distracted, impaired or have reckless driver behaviors, then it is time to ask yourself, why? We care about your safety, we ask that you care too. These are questions the THP and law enforcement across Tennessee are asking each and every day. Remember, in 2015 Tennessee had 961 fatalities on our roadways. That is unacceptable. Our goal is to have zero fatalities,” said Colonel Trott.
February 6, 2016
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security are once again teaming up to remind Tennessee football fans that real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl weekend.
“We want you to have a good time, but more importantly, we want you to be safe,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “The chances of you, or someone you love, being in a drunk driving crash increases over the weekend and even more over a holiday weekend. Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them and it always happens to somebody. Don’t be that somebody.”
Tennessee Departments Of Health, Safety Warn Tennesseans Against Impaired Driving on Super Bowl Sunday
February 4, 2016
Nashville, TN – This weekend millions of people will be driving to a Super Bowl party to watch the biggest football game of the year. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security urge all Tennesseans to be safe on the roadways this Sunday and every other day of the year.
‘’Most of us have fun watching the Super Bowl and enjoy a good time, but we want everyone to be safe before, during and after the game, so we encourage you to be moderate in food and drink and absolutely not to drive impaired by alcohol or any other drug,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.
January 31, 2016
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is pleased to announce that Driver Services will be offering select Saturday’s to citizens of Tennessee to reinstate their license in addition to their normal opportunities Monday-Friday.
The select dates being offered on Saturday’s are: February 6th and 20th, March 5th and 19th, and April 2nd.
January 14, 2016
Nashville, TN – The number of deaths on Tennessee’s roads last year remained below one thousand, AAA reported in its annual State of Safety presentation. This, at a time when the national trend is toward an 8.1 percent increase in road fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tim Wright, Tennessee Regional President, AAA – The Auto Club Group and Don Lindsey, Tennessee Public Affairs Director, also described to the state’s House and Senate transportation committees the efforts other states are making to deal with their shrinking transportation revenue.
January 13, 2016
THP Aviation directs Emergency Ground Crews to their Location
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Aviation section in a non-criminal search locates two missing 35 year old men. It was reported the men had left out to ride four wheelers around 2:00pm January 10th in severely cold winter conditions.
The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office contacted Captain Mansfield about the missing men. Captain Mansfield immediately requested support from THP’s Aviation section. It was reported to Trooper Harold Russell that the last cell phone conversation with the men indicated they had been riding in a swampy, bottom land area just south of Stafford’s Store Road in the Greenfield. The men had indicated they were lost and had ran out of fuel.
December 31, 2015
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct a “No Refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2015 New Year’s Eve holiday period, beginning Thursday, December 31st at 12:01am and concluding Monday, January 4th at 11:59pm.
State troopers will perform saturation patrols, seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints as well as bar/tavern checks during the holiday. All of Tennessee’s ninety five counties will have troopers working to ensure a safe holiday as we conclude 2015 and begin 2016.
December 30, 2015
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced beginning January 4th, 2016, Tennesseans will be able to renew their driver license every eight years instead of five years. The change will include all classifications of driver licenses and identification licenses.
The legislation to increase the renewal years was proposed during the 2015 legislative session. Senator Nicely and Representative Goins introduced the bill to help decrease wait times and improve customer traffic flow at driver services centers.
December 22, 2015
Nashville, TN – Commissioner Bill Gibbons of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOS&HS), Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer and Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) Director Kendell Poole announced the increase in seat belt fines as an effective additional tool to curb traffic fatalities in the state.
The State Legislature approved a bill during the 2015 session. As of January 1st, 2016 the fine for seat belt violations will more than double. The fine for a first offense seat belt violation will be raised to $25.00 and the second and subsequent offense will be $50.00.