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McMinnville Police ask motorists to slow down
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Slow Down Tennessee is the state’s latest campaign to encourage safe driving practices. McMinnville officers Alex Ramirez, left, and Fred Lee work to set up a message board on the bypass to inform motorists of their speed and the posted speed limit. The board is property of the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

Speeding endangers everyone on the road – so Slow Down Tennessee. 

That’s the message McMinnville Police Department has joined to provide from Oct. 15-29.

Tennessee Highway Safety Office is launching “Slow Down Tennessee” today. The speed prevention campaign is in partnership with law enforcement agencies across the state, including McMinnville Police Department. 

“We have a shared mission to improve driver behavior and save lives,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara, of the statewide campaign. “Speeding is more than just an effort to get where you’re going as quickly as possible. Speeding is dangerous. You are endangering yourself, as well as everyone else on the road.”

According to THSO statistics, from 2017 to 2019, there were nearly 23,000 speeding-related crashes in Tennessee. Thirty-six percent of those crashes involved drivers between 18 and 24 years old. In 2019, speeding killed 9,478 people. 

• Speeding consequences are far-ranging:

• Greater potential for loss of vehicle control

• Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment

• Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger

• Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries

• Economic implications of a speed-related crash

• Increased fuel consumption/ cost

During the Slow Down Tennessee campaign, McMinnville Police Department will be increasing its speed detection and enforcement. Additionally, the department’s digital message board will be stationed on various city streets to increase awareness regarding the posted speed limit and help drivers realize their current speed.