Tennessee to amp up enforcement on Highway 70 this week

Law enforcement agencies across Tennessee will be increasing enforcement on U.S. Highway 70 this week.

On Tuesday, October 23, and Friday, October 26, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) will partner with other law enforcement agencies for the second annual “Safe on Seventy” campaign.

From the THSO:

“U.S. Highway 70 stretches from West to East Tennessee spanning more than 500 miles statewide. According to the Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network Division, Tuesdays and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. have been identified as high-crash periods on U.S. Highway 70. Agencies participating in “Safe on Seventy” will collaborate during this time frame on October 23 and October 26 to combat distracted driving, aggressive driving, speeding, and other high-risk driving behaviors. Participating agencies will also increase seat belt enforcement and commercial vehicle safety.”

Tennessee authorities are asking drivers to avoid:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving without seatbelts fastened.
  • Driving while fatigued

THSO Director Vic Donoho says, “This is a new, strategic initiative designed to target one of Tennessee’s most problematic highways. We look forward to working with the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and local law enforcement to decrease injury crashes and fatalities.”

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