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THP Receives Donation of Protective Canine Vests

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; February 5, 2015:

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today received bullet and stab protective vests for eight canines during a special presentation at the agency’s Training Center in Nashville.  The protective vests were donated by PetArmor® and Vested Interest in K9s.

“Our canines are as valued as our state troopers,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “We would not have been able to provide our canines with this level of protection without the generous donation from PetArmor and Vested Interest in K9s. We are grateful for their contribution.”

The canine protective vests cost approximately $950 each.

The protective vests will benefit the following THP canine teams:

  • Trooper Sherman Lingo and K-9 Rico
  • Trooper Michael Kilpatrick and K-9 Bak
  • Trooper Todd Logan and K-9 CJ
  • Trooper Brad Atkinson and K-9 Charlie
  • Trooper Michael Wilson and K-9 Foster
  • Trooper Michael Loftis and K-9 Euro
  • Trooper Shane Moore and K-9 Rusty
  • Trooper Robert Woody and K-9 Jessie

PetArmor, a flea and tick brand of Perrigo Animal Health, is dedicated to protecting canine officers across the nation. In 2013, PetArmor along with Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. — a nonprofit organization that provides bullet and stab protective vests to police organizations nationwide — vested 25 dogs in Florida, Texas and Maryland. This year, PetArmor donated another 25 police dog vests that will benefit canine officers at police departments in Florida, Nevada, Michigan and Tennessee.

For more information about the partnership between PetArmor and Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., visit petarmor.com/vested-interest.

THP Announces Labor Day ‘No Refusal’ DUI Enforcement

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; August 24, 2014:

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a “No Refusal” enforcement campaign during this year’s Labor Day holiday period. This special enforcement effort will begin at midnight on Friday, August 29 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Monday September 1.

The “No Refusal” legislation allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

“Law enforcement officials have another tool to utilize to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways by conducting ‘No Refusal’ enforcements,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “We have chosen to implement this enforcement in each of the eight highway patrol districts, and with the help of various local law enforcement agencies across the state. The ultimate goal is remove drunk drivers from our roadways and to save lives,” he added.

State troopers will conduct “No Refusal” enforcement in the following counties: Union (Knoxville District); Hamilton and Marion (Chattanooga District); Montgomery (Nashville District); Shelby (Memphis District); Hawkins (Fall Branch District); Smith (Cookeville); Maury (Lawrenceburg); and Hardin County (Jackson District).

In addition to “No Refusal” enforcement, highway patrol personnel will also conduct driver’s license, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, as well as saturation patrols and bar and tavern checks.

“Our district captains have created enforcement plans specific to their regions. So, there will be a variety of specialized enforcement during Labor Day, including distracted driving, commercial vehicle safety, and Move Over enforcement, for example. However, the priority is always on impaired driving and seat belt enforcement,” Trott said.

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday, 16 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. That’s up from the 13 vehicular fatalities in 2012. Last year, alcohol was involved in six (38%) of the fatal incidents, and six of the ten (60%) vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety restraints. Four motorcyclists, one all-terrain vehicle rider and one pedestrian were also killed.

Preliminary figures indicate there have been 3,981 crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers in Tennessee from January 1 through August 15, 2014. That is 339 fewer (7.8% decrease) than the 4,320 crashes during those same dates in 2013.

Seat belt usage is another contributing factor in crashes across the state. To date this year, 50 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing safety restraints.

Colonel Trott also noted the number of DUI arrests made by State Troopers in 2014. Troopers have arrested 5,310 individuals for impaired driving from January 1 through August 15, 2014. In 2013, the number of arrests made during that time was 3,973. That’s a 34 percent increase during the same dates.

A list of the scheduled “No Refusal” and Labor Day enforcement checkpoints are HERE.

A 2013 Labor Day holiday statistical sheet is HERE.

Tennessee State Trooper Terminated Following Internal Investigation

Press Release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Oct. 21, 2013;

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott announced Monday that a Tennessee state trooper in the Lawrenceburg District has been terminated from the department.

The department dismissed Trooper Tommie Boleyn following an internal investigation into allegations that Boleyn violated THP policies and procedures during an on-duty incident on August 31 in Shelbyville.

The internal investigation revealed that during a DUI stop in Shelbyville, Boleyn did not follow stop and approach procedures; did not identify himself as a Tennessee state trooper; and engaged in two physical altercations with the DUI suspect, although the suspect was not physically aggressive. The suspect was charged with DUI, and a criminal case is pending.

A memorandum of disciplinary action was delivered to Boleyn today that states gross misconduct; conduct unbecoming of an employee in state service; and brutality in the performance of duties as reasons for the dismissal. The memo goes on to state that “Boleyn’s actions have seriously impaired his usefulness and efficiency as a public servant,” and that his actions “cast doubt upon his competency and ability to discharge his duties…”

“We expect more out of our state troopers, and this type of behavior will not be tolerated. We acted swiftly to thoroughly investigate the allegations and take the appropriate and necessary disciplinary action,” Commissioner Gibbons said.

“The actions of this trooper are not reflective of the hundreds of men and women who honorably wear the Tennessee Highway Patrol badge and put their lives on the line to protect citizens every day,” Colonel Trott said.

The department has referred this matter to the district attorney as possible criminal behavior. The department has previously disciplined Boleyn for unprofessional conduct and excessive force.

Per state law, Boleyn’s termination is effective October 31. Boleyn has been on discretionary leave with pay since September 9, when the investigation was initiated. All departmental equipment including weapons, badges and commission card were secured at that time.

Boleyn, 48, started his second term with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in November of 2009. Boleyn was initially hired in July of 2000; however, he resigned after nearly eight years with the agency before returning in 2009.

Boleyn was assigned to the THP Lawrenceburg District during both terms. He has worked in Bedford, Marshall and Lincoln County, where he is currently stationed.

It is the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s policy to warn, suspend, demote or dismiss any employee whenever just or legal cause exists. Employees shall not commit any act that would reflect discredit upon themselves or the Department while on or off duty.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s mission is to ensure that our state is a safe, secure place in which to live, work and travel; enforce the law with integrity; and provide customer-focused services professionally and efficiently.

THP Announces ‘No Refusal’ Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security; August 27, 2013:

NASHVILLE-— Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today announced plans for a “No Refusal” enforcement campaign during the Labor Day holiday weekend. This special enforcement will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 30 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2.

The “No Refusal” enforcement will be conducted in 11 counties across the state, and is aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. The “No Refusal” legislation allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

“The ultimate goal is to save lives on Tennessee roadways. This targeted ‘No Refusal’ enforcement gives law enforcement and prosecutors another tool to hold drunk drivers accountable,” Commissioner Gibbons said.

The participating “No Refusal” counties include Roane (Knoxville District); Marion, McMinn, Meigs and Sequatchie (Chattanooga District); Rutherford (Nashville District); Fayette (Memphis District); Carter (Fall Branch District); Putnam (Cookeville District); Giles (Lawrenceburg District); and Henry County (Jackson District).

During the 2012 Labor Day holiday, 12 people were killed in 11 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. That’s the same as the 11 vehicular fatalities in 2010. Last year, alcohol was involved in two of the fatalities, and 64 percent of vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety restraints.

“DUI is one of the categories targeted throughout the year and especially during the holidays,” Colonel Trott said. “During this ‘No Refusal’ campaign, we will focus our resources on specific areas and high-crash corridors across the state. Our high-visibility enforcement effort, which includes saturation patrols, bar and tavern checks and sobriety checkpoints, will help remove impaired drivers from the Tennessee roadways.”

Colonel Trott also noted the number of DUI arrests made by State Troopers in 2013. Troopers have arrested 3,728 individuals for impaired driving from January 1 through August 24, 2013. In 2012, the number of arrests made during that time was 3,414. That’s a nine percent increase during the same dates.

In Tennessee, the preliminary number of alcohol-related crashes has decreased 9.2 percent through the first seven months of 2013, compared to that same time period last year. From January through July of 2013, there have been 3,904 crashes involving impaired drivers. That is 361 fewer than the 4,265 crashes during those same dates in 2012.

Seat belt usage is another contributing factor in crashes across the state. To date this year, 49 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing safety restraints.

Overall, as of August 27, 2013, preliminary statistics indicate 630 people have died on Tennessee roadways, a decrease of nearly eight percent compared to the 684 fatalities at this same time last year.

A list of the scheduled “No Refusal” and Labor Day enforcement checkpoints are attached. A 2013 Labor Day holiday statistical sheet also accompanies this release.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure that our state is a safe, secure place in which to live, work and travel; enforce the law with integrity; and provide customer-focused services professionally and efficiently.

Labor Day Weekend “No Refusal” checkpoints.
Labor Day 2012 Statistical FatalityReport.

THP Taking Applications for Fall Citizens’ Trooper Academy

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; July 9, 2013:

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is now accepting applications for the fall session of its Citizens’ Trooper Academy. The 10-week academies will be held in both Nashville and Knoxville. The upcoming session will mark the first academy held in Knoxville.

The first session for the Nashville class is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The Knoxville class is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 5, 2013. Both sessions will run from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. weekly.

The Citizens’ Trooper Academy, which consists of approximately 24-30 hours of training, is designed to develop a better understanding and awareness of the Tennessee Highway Patrol as well as its parent agency, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, in the community through a hands-on approach. Topics covered include investigations, special operations, homeland security and many other areas of the patrol.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, sign required waivers and agreements and have no criminal history. Also, citizens must be available to attend weekly three-hour sessions with no more than one absence.

Applications are available on the departmental website (www.tn.gov/safety), the THP Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tennesseehighwaypatrol), or citizens may request applications by sending an email message to email.safety@tn.gov. Applicants are asked to indicate whether they wish to attend the Nashville or Knoxville sessions.

Deadline for registration is August 2, 2013. Applications must be returned by that date for processing.

THP Announces 14% Decline in Traffic Fatalities for 2013

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; July 8, 2013:

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the preliminary number of traffic fatalities on state roadways have decreased by nearly 14 percent (13.8%) for the first six months of 2013, compared to the same time period in 2012. The THP reported 436 people died in traffic crashes in Tennessee from January 1 through June 30, 2013. That is 70 fewer than the 506 vehicular fatalities that occurred during the same dates in 2012. Please note these figures include vehicular fatalities reported by all law enforcement agencies across the state.

Colonel Trott also noted a 10.7 percent decline in alcohol-related crashes investigated by the THP. State Troopers worked 975 impaired driving accidents from January 1 through June 30, 2013, a drop from the 1,092 crashes involving alcohol the previous year during the same time frame.

“DUI enforcement has become one of our agency’s top priorities in the last few years. We have arrested 3,151 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving during the first six months of this year – a 9.8 percent increase from the 2,870 DUI arrests made the first half of 2012,” Colonel Trott said. “Each time we remove a drunk driver from our roadways, we reduce the chance of a serious injury or fatal crash occurring,” he added.

“The efforts of the Tennessee Highway Patrol is evident in the data produced on the roadways,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Commissioner said. “We are encouraged by the reduction of crashes investigated, specifically injury and alcohol-related across the state. Our hope is to continue this trend and keep the motoring public safe in Tennessee.”

THP has also placed a greater emphasis on seat belt enforcement in 2013. As of June 30, 2013, State Troopers have issued 37,191 seat belt citations in Tennessee. That’s 14,000 more seat belt citations or a 62.3 percent increase than those issued during the first six months of 2012. Colonel Trott believes the seat belt enforcement has resulted in a 31.2 percent decline in the number of unrestrained fatalities across the state.

A summary of THP’s six month performance measures are listed below. Statistics for the recent Fourth of July holiday period will be released at a later date.

THP Statewide Six-Month Performance Measures

January 1 – June 30, 2013

Performance Measure                                                 2012            2013

All Crashes Investigated                                          12,381          12,013

Injury Crashes Investigated                                     4,841            4,370

Alcohol Impaired Crashes                                        1,092              975

Traffic Fatalities                                                             506              436

DUI Arrests                                                                     2,870            3,151

Total Citations                                                          179,259        196,716

Seat Belt Citations                                                      22,911           37,191

Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections           41,286          44,462

THP Arrested 96 for New Year’s DUI, Drew Blood from 2 Under ‘No Refusal’

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety; January 3, 2012:

NASHVILLE —The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 96 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving in counties participating in the “No Refusal” enforcement effort over the New Year’s holiday period. The holiday period ran from 6 p.m., Friday, December 28 through midnight on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Two suspects refused to take a breathalyzer test, resulting in warrants for a blood sample under the “No Refusal” law.

The “No Refusal” law allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. The goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.

Sixteen counties, two from each of the eight THP Districts, participated in this special DUI enforcement, including Knox and Sevier (Knoxville District); Hamilton and Marion (Chattanooga District); Robertson and Wilson (Nashville District); Crockett and Tipton (Memphis District); Carter and Greene (Fall Branch District); Cumberland and Overton (Cookeville District); Bedford and Maury (Lawrenceburg District); and Chester and Carroll (Jackson District).

Preliminary reports indicate that three people were killed in three separate crashes in participating “No Refusal” areas, specifically Hamilton, Knox and Wilson counties. None of those crashes was alcohol-related.

Overall, seven people were killed in five total crashes during the New Year’s Eve period, compared to five vehicular fatalities during last year’s period. Two of the vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts. Additionally, two people killed were pedestrians.

The results for the 16-county “No Refusal” enforcement effort are listed below.

 

Knox County

DUI arrests: 8

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Sevier County

DUI arrests: 1

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Hamilton County

DUI Arrests: 31

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 1

 

Marion County

DUI Arrests: 4

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Robertson County

DUI Arrests: 4

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Wilson County

DUI Arrests: 5

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Crockett County

DUI Arrests: 5

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 1

 

Tipton County

DUI Arrests: 4

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Carter County 

DUI Arrests: 4

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Greene County

DUI Arrests: 10

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Cumberland County

DUI Arrests: 3

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Overton County

DUI Arrests: 5

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Bedford County

DUI Arrests: 4

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Maury County

DUI Arrests: 7

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Carroll County

DUI Arrests: 1

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

 

Chester County

DUI Arrests: 0

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples: 0

State Announces 2nd Round of ‘No Refusal’ Enforcement for Labor Day

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; August 30, 2012: 

NASHVILLE— Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the department’s second “No Refusal” enforcement campaign at a joint press conference with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Nashville.

The “No Refusal” enforcement effort, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 31 and concluding at midnight on Monday, September 3, will also coincide with the Labor Day holiday weekend. “No Refusal” is the latest enforcement strategy aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. The new law, passed this year by the General Assembly, allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

“There were five counties that participated in the first ‘No Refusal’ campaign, and zero fatalities were reported in those counties during the Fourth of July, 126-hour enforcement. Our congratulations go out to the law enforcement, prosecutors and judges that participated in the effort,” Commissioner Gibbons said. “We are proud to again partner with local and state officials and highway safety advocates, including the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in an expanded 16-county ‘No Refusal’ weekend,” Commissioner Gibbons added.

This targeted enforcement will focus on 16 counties where impaired driving and fatal crashes have increased in 2012. Two counties from each of the eight THP Districts will participate, including Roane and Campbell (Knoxville District); McMinn and Meigs (Chattanooga District); Robertson and Rutherford (Nashville District); Shelby and Tipton (Memphis District); Jefferson and Sullivan (Fall Branch District); Cumberland and Warren (Cookeville District); Bedford and Lincoln (Lawrenceburg District); and Chester and Weakley (Jackson District).

“Drunk driving continues to threaten public safety, and we refuse to stand by and give offenders the opportunity to claim innocent lives on our roadways,” Col. Trott said. “Our State Troopers will aggressively seek out violators and remove them from state roads. We look forward to working with our local law enforcement partners in the 16 selected counties across the state during this ‘No Refusal’ enforcement.”

In Tennessee, the preliminary number of alcohol-related crashes has increased 8.7 percent through the first seven months of 2012, compared to that same time period last year. During that time, there were 2,995 crashes involving impaired drivers. That is 240 more than the 2,755 crashes during those same dates in 2011.

Colonel Trott also noted the number of DUI arrests made by State Troopers in 2012. They arrested 3,557 individuals for impaired driving from January 1 through August 13, 2012. In 2011, the number of arrests made during that time was 2,757. That’s a 29 percent increase during the same dates.

In addition to the ‘No Refusal’ program, motorists can also expect sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in other counties across the state for routine holiday enforcement.

During the 2011 Labor Day holiday, 12 people were killed in 11 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. That’s up from the 10 vehicular fatalities in 2010. Last year, alcohol was involved in two of the fatalities, and 40 percent of the vehicle occupants killed was not wearing safety restraints. Two motorcyclists were also killed during the 78-hour holiday period.

“Alcohol and seat belt usage are contributing factors in too many crashes in our state. This year, 55 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing safety restraints. Our collaborative effort this weekend is also the perfect time to remind all motorists and their passengers to buckle up,” GHSO Director Kendell Poole said.

As of August 28, 2012, preliminary statistics indicate 666 have died on Tennessee roadways, an increase of 41 deaths (6.6%) compared to 625 fatalities at this same time last year.

A list of the scheduled “No Refusal” and Labor Day enforcement checkpoints are attached. A 2011 Labor Day holiday statistical sheet also accompanies this release.

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2012 Labor Day No Refusal Checkpoints 

2011 Labor Day holiday statistics

State Trooper Terminated for ‘Gross Misconduct’

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety; June 19, 2012:

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott has terminated a State Trooper assigned to the Cookeville District following an internal investigation into allegations of “gross misconduct.” Trooper Jonathan Reed has been served notice of this decision and will not seek a minimum due process hearing.

No further information can be released on this disciplinary action at this time due to a pending investigation by District Attorney General Randy York’s office.

Last April, Colonel Trott demoted David Allred from Captain to Lieutenant of the Cookeville District and recommended a five-day suspension for Sergeant Keven Norris as discipline for violation of the department’s policies. That disciplinary action was the result of an internal investigation that discovered Allred and Norris failed to properly report an incident involving Trooper Jonathan Reed on March 27. The case file regarding the investigation into Allred and Norris was also presented to the District Attorney, who found no evidence of criminal activity.

State Prepares to Handle Traffic, Safety During Bonnaroo 2012

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; June 4, 2012:

NASHVILLE – For over a decade, the Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country – the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The festival is a four-day, multi-stage music festival held on a 700-acre farm. Thousands of people from all over the country make the yearly trip to attend the festival, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days in June. As in years past, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 7, and winds down Sunday night, June 10.

With 80,000 festival-goers converging at an old farm site in Coffee County, the area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic traffic throughout the festival. As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area. TDOT and the THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destinations.

“Keeping traffic moving on I-24 while getting festival goers in and out of Bonnaroo is an enormous challenge for both TDOT and the THP,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Through advance planning and coordination, along with years of experience, we will minimize delays as much as possible throughout the weekend.”

This year, Bonnaroo will open its gates on Wednesday evening June 6 at 7:00 p.m. CDT to allow more time for vehicles to enter the campgrounds. Historically, the longest delays for arriving attendees have occurred from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, so festival promoters have implemented the new plan this year in hopes of alleviating some of the congestion. State Troopers will be on the job 24 hours a day beginning Wednesday night, patrolling on the ground and by air. THP helicopters will assist in relaying important information to marked patrol cars and motorcycles on the ground.

“StateTroopers will be out in force, working to control the congestion caused by Bonnaroo, and aggressively enforcing state traffic laws,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “It is our goal to ensure the safety of both travelers and festival-goers.”

During Bonnaroo 2011, Troopers logged nearly 5,800 man-hours, worked 20 traffic crashes (6 injury, and 14 property damage crashes), and wrote 182 citations and 42 warnings. A breakdown of all THP-issued citations during last year’s festival period is included in this release.

TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and will aid any motorists who require assistance. Also, for the first time, the speed limit on I-24 in the festival area will be reduced to 55 mph for the duration of the festival. The speed reduction will be in effect between mile marker 104.6 (just west of Exit 105) and mile marker 129.4, where the speed limit currently drops to 55 mph to go over Monteagle Mountain. After the festival is over, the speed limit will be restored to its normal level.

In addition to having HELP trucks on-site, TDOT and other agencies will be taking the following steps on the dates surrounding Bonnaroo beginning June 6 through June 11:

  • Efforts will be concentrated on keeping I-24 traffic flowing.
  • Exit 111 (SR 55) will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112 (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and 127 are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.
  • TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the festival region, and maintenance personnel will be on call all weekend.
  • TDOT will provide variable message signs to warn drivers of delays.
  • There will be no construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the Bonnaroo festival area between 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6 through 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11.
  • Median crossovers will be guarded to prevent motorists from parking in the crossovers and blocking emergency vehicles.
  • Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane and/or on the shoulder of the interstate, allowing through traffic to utilize the left travel lane unimpeded.
  • Emergency vehicles will use county roads that will be kept at low volume.
  • Bonnaroo promoters issued early news releases to the trucking industry and other sources to alert the traveling public to festival times, location, and alternate routes.
  • Temporary communication towers are in place to improve emergency communications.

During the festival motorists should call 511 from any mobile or land line phone for traffic updates or visit the TDOT website at www.tn.gov/tdot where they can also find information on alternate routes. TDOT is also on Twitter. For statewide traffic tweets follow TN511 or for regional traffic information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511. Smart phone users can use the new TDOT SmartWay Mobile website at http://m.tdot.tn.gov/SmartWay/ to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.

Also, drivers should keep in mind that if they need the assistance of a Trooper while traveling anywhere in Tennessee, they can simply dial *THP (*847) from their cell phone. They will be automatically connected to the nearest THP dispatch office and the operator will send a Trooper to their location.