Tennessee Highway Patrol Launches Safe Travel Initiative – Claiborne Progress
Increased patrols are planned during the Thanksgiving holiday
Commissioner Jeff Long of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDSOHS) and Col. Matt Perry of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) joined several law enforcement partners to announce the safety initiative road “Tennessee Safe Travel Challenge”.
The Tennessee Safe Travel Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday November 24 and Sunday November 28. The challenge is increased patrols from the THP and our law enforcement partners across the state. Law enforcement will focus their attention along the I-40 corridor. I-40 runs the length of Tennessee, encompassing 455 miles, and travels 2,555 miles through eight states, including North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The THP will continue to apply statewide on all roads in Tennessee during the holiday season.
“Our mission is to prevent road fatalities, a single loss of life is never acceptable,” said Col. Matt Perry. âMotorists can expect to see an increased presence of soldiers on some of the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving holiday. It is important that we all obey the rules of the road. We can prevent traffic-related injuries and deaths by obeying the speed limit, wearing our seat belts, never driving distracted, and never driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In 2020, there were 26 accidents the previous Wednesday and 30 accidents Sunday after the Thanksgiving vacation on I-40. One of the accidents was related to alcohol. THP issued 2,209 speeding tickets and 498 seat belt tickets and arrested 111 people for impaired driving.
During the 108-hour vacation period, there were six fatalities, three of the fatalities were alcohol-related, and three people killed were not wearing their seat belts. Please see the attached Thanksgiving THP 2020 Final Holiday Report attached.
âThanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect on all that we have been blessed with,â said Commissioner Jeff Long. âThe Tennessee Highway Patrol will do everything in its power to make sure there is no empty spot at your family’s table. We want our citizens and visitors to get to and from their destinations safely. “
âTDOT is proud to join our security partners in this effort,â said Commissioner Joe Galbato. âI-40 is one of the busiest interstate corridors in the country; that’s why our regional assistance trucks will be working throughout the holiday weekend to help with any incidents. And to further avoid traffic jams, we will not allow lane closures for construction from noon on Wednesday November 24 until midnight on Sunday evening November 28. “
âTHSO encourages everyone to plan ahead for safety this Thanksgiving,â said THSO director Buddy Lewis. âMake sure you are well rested before traveling long distances. Take breaks as needed. Don’t drive drowsy. Set up your GPS and make phone calls in advance so you can be focused and hands-free for driving. Always fasten your seat belt and check that your child passengers are properly buckled.
When traveling through Tennessee, please dial * 847 (* THP) if you require roadside assistance. This will connect you to a THP splitter.