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KPD to Partner with Tennessee Highway Safety Office for “Slow Down Tennessee” Campaign 
The Knoxville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” During the campaign, which runs from October 15-29, the KPD will increase education efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide. The public is encouraged to participate by using #SlowDownTN on social media to help spread awareness. 

In 2020, excessive speed was a factor in at least 318 crashes that occurred in Knoxville. Of those crashes, over 100 resulted in injury while four, tragically, resulted in fatalities. 

“Speeding makes the roads significantly more dangerous for everyone,” Chief of Police Eve Thomas said. “The consequences of driving at excessive speeds can extend well beyond a traffic ticket. Those consequences can be irreversible. We want to remind motorists to drive at safe, manageable speeds at all times so that everyone can get where they are going safely.” 

Crashes have occurred at a high rate in Knoxville throughout 2021. By the end of September, over 6,800 total crashes had been reported in the city with speed continuing to play a role in a significant number of those crashes. 

Throughout the “Slow Down Tennessee” campaign, the KPD will be sharing educational information through its social media accounts in an effort to raise awareness to the dangers of speeding. 

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 and resources about speeding, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/speeding
Posted by serland On 14 October, 2021 at 4:31 PM