Tennessee Troopers Focusing on Fatal Accident Reduction

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Last week in this blog, we discussed new statistics showing that Memphis, Tennessee is one of the most dangerous areas in the country for young drivers. Memphis has one of the highest fatal car accident rates for drivers between the age of 15 and 24. This phenomenon, while saddening, has not gone without notice. State law enforcement and traffic safety authorities are working hard on strategies aimed at reducing fatal car accident rates throughout Tennessee. Last month, Department of Safety and Homeland Security commissioner Bill Gibbons delivered an address to state troopers in Knoxville on the importance of taking proactive…

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TN Motor Vehicle Accidents Result in Less Than 1000 Fatalites

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For only the third time in almost 50 years, Tennessee motor vehicle accidents resulted in less than 1000 fatalities, according to preliminary statistics from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott said of the 2011 stats, “One life lost is one too many, but we are encouraged by last year’s fatality results and will continue to make every effort to ensure the public’s safety on Tennessee roadways.” Memphis fatal car accident attorneys agree with Colonel Trott’s statement that even one person’s death in a motor vehicle accident is too many. But, the statistics do…

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Tennessee CoMET Program to Make Roadways Throughout State Safer

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Just in time for the holiday season, traffic safety is getting a second, more holistic look from Tennessee officials with the start of the new Combined Message Enforcement for Tennessee (CoMET) program. Rather than focusing on a single aspect of driver and passenger safety, as with the previous “Click It or Ticket” campaign, aimed at seatbelts or the “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, aimed at impaired driving, CoMET will focus on all traffic safety issues facing people driving in or travelling through Tennessee. While the main focus of CoMET will be impaired drivers, among the targets of the road safety…

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Fatal Drunk-Driving Crash on Hernando-DeSoto Bridge

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By the time someone is pulled over for driving while impaired, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) statistics report that person has most likely driven impaired almost 87 times previously. In 2010, 12,000 lives across the United States were claimed by drunk drivers. One Mid South family has sadly added another drunk driving victim to that list after a fatal wrong-way crash on Tuesday. The drunk driver was driving the wrong way on I-40 in Memphis when she drove right into a pickup driven by a 48-year-old woman from Mississippi. The driver, a youth counselor, is currently being held on charges…

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Drive Safe During the Holidays

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As reported by the Jackson Sun, 10 people died as a result of fatal car accidents in both 2008 and 2009 over the Thanksgiving weekends in Tennessee. 13 people died in 2007 during Thanksgiving. In response, the CARE Across Tennessee campaign, launched by state troopers, was conducted with the slogan “Let your little light shine,” in which drivers turned on their headlights to show their support for safe driving, which ostensibly includes a commitment not to drink and drive, which inevitably leads to drunk driver accidents every Thanksgiving. The side effect of drivers’ support was more visible vehicles. But Jackson…

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