During a Slow Down Tennessee campaign, McMinnville Police Department discovered some city motorists definitely need to do just that.
“We held three special saturated patrols during the Slow Down Tennessee program at the end of October,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara. “From those, we wrote 18 speeding citations. That doesn’t sound like many, but it really is. Some of those motorists were going 30 mph over the speed limit.”
The speeding prevention campaign also included placement of the city’s digital message board on various streets and along the bypass. It displays a motorist’s current speed and the posted speed limit to raise awareness of the two.
“The really sad thing is we had speeders going in excess of 30 mph on residential streets,” said Mara. “It shows why we’re having such a high number of motor vehicle crashes. When people speed, it increases the likelihood of crashes and increases the likelihood of injuries related to those crashes.”
Slow Down Tennessee was a Tennessee Highway Safety Office initiative. The campaign was in partnership with law enforcement agencies across the state.
“When we participate in campaigns such as this, we are more visible and that decreases crashes,” said Mara. “COVID-19 slowed a lot of things down, but it didn’t slowed down the call volume at the police department. Because of that, we haven’t had the time to dedicate to saturated patrols. So, this information was very helpful to us. We know people are running red lights, speeding and they are distracted while driving. The initiative ended Oct. 29, but our efforts to make the streets safer for everyone will continue.”
Warren County Sheriff’s Department also participated in Slow Down Tennessee. That department’s stats are unknown.