Oak Ridge Police Department promotes “Slow Down Tennessee” to reduce speeding-related crashes

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 15, 2021) – The City of Oak Ridge Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee”. From April 16 to April 30, Oak Ridge Police will increase education, awareness, and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide.

Just this year, the City of Oak Ridge Police Department has seen 254 crashes, 56 of those with injuries, and 1 fatal crash.

“These numbers are still high, and we are always working to reduce crashes,” said Oak Ridge Police Sergeant and Tennessee Highway Safety Office Network Coordinator Matthew Johnston.

Of those crashes, speed was a factor in 10 of them, 5 with injuries reported, and 5 resulting in damage to property or vehicles.

“We need to strive to make it to our destination and make it there safe. Speed is a major contributor to crashes today – couple that with distracted driving and we have a recipe for disaster. Put your phones down, slow down, and make a plan to be safe,” said Sgt. Johnston.

The Oak Ridge Police Department will be increasing enforcement during the peak times that speed-related crashes have occurred. Officers will be out in force to help save lives.

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.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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