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Sheriff's office participates in 'Slow Down Tennessee'
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A partnership between Warren County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Safety Office hopes to slow down motorists. The campaign to increase education, awareness and enforcement begins April 16. Pictured is Sheriff Tommy Myers. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Warren County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote “Slow Down Tennessee,” a campaign that will run April 16-30.

Sheriff Tommy Myers wants to encourage everyone to slow down and be considerate of others on the roadway and obey traffic laws. “We can all make a difference to ensure all motorist make it home safely,” said Myers.

During that two-week timeframe, Warren County Sheriff’s Department will increase education, awareness, and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network, there were nearly 23,000 speeding-related crashes in Tennessee from 2017 to 2019. Thirty-six percent of those crashes involved drivers between the ages of 18 and 24.

In 2020, there were 757 reported crashes in Warren County. Often speed is a contributing factor in the cause and severity of crashes. In 2021, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department has already seen an increase in crashes compared to this time last year.

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 about speeding, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/slow.