ORPD, THSO urge drivers to “Slow Down Tennessee”

(ORPD/THSO)  The Oak Ridge Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” During October 15 – 29, Oak Ridge Police will increase education and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide. The public is encouraged to participate by using #SlowDownTN on social media to help spread awareness.

This year, the Oak Ridge Police Department has seen 710 crashes, 148 of those crashes with injuries and 3 fatalities.

“These numbers are still high, and we are constantly attempting to reduce crashes,” Sgt. Matthew Johnston, Tennessee Highway Safety Office Network Coordinator, and Oak Ridge Police Sergeant said.

Of those crashes, speed was a factor in 17 of them, 10 with injuries reported.

“Every driver should be vigilant to obeying the speed limit. Slowing down is the key to arriving at your destination safely. Speed and distracted driving are major factors in crashes.  Slow down, and make a plan to arrive alive,” Sgt. Johnston said.

The Oak Ridge Police Department will be increasing enforcement during the peak times, and in the areas where officers have seen an increase in crashes. Signage and radar trailers will be deployed in different locations. 

The State of Tennessee requires motorists to always exercise due care and maintain a safe speed while driving. Speed limits may vary depending on the county and road conditions; therefore, drivers must always pay attention and adhere to posted speed limits to ensure the safety of all roadway users.

For more information and resources about speeding, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/speeding

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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