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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; April 4, 2012: NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel. TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. […]

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Press Release from Department of Safety and Homeland Security; Jan. 10, 2012: Lowest Number of Traffic Deaths on Record During New Year’s Period NASHVILLE — Preliminary reports indicate two people were killed during the New Year’s holiday weekend, compared with six fatalities during last year’s holiday period. Statistics for the 2011-2012 New Year’s holiday reflect […]

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Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Tracy said he’s hopeful legislation will come out of the General Assembly this year that enacts uniform statewide regulatory standards governing the operation of traffic cameras by local law enforcement agencies. The Shelbyville Republican told TNReport recently that after two years of start-and-stop discussions he believes there’s been enough on-the-record […]

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Arguments still rage over how, when or if local law enforcement should be using the unmanned surveillance equipment. Questions remain as to whether the devices are demonstrably effective at improving road safety, or if they are even constitutional.

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From the Highway Loss Data Institute, Sept. 29, 2010: ARLINGTON, VA — It’s illegal to text while driving in most US states. Yet a new study by researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers. In fact, such bans are […]

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Mostly the legislation involves “small, fine-tuning adjustments” and “tweaks.” The bill sponsor warned that to go much further could incite the Senate to kill the bill — or the governor to veto it. But some lawmakers are already talking about bringing the issue up again next year.

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House sponsor wants to sit on the bill while government agencies, police and traffic engineers try to reach consensus on what a final proposal ought to contain. Lawmakers also still await an attorney general’s opinion requested Jan. 9.

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Some lawmakers still have qualms with the traffic-enforcement pic-snapping gadgets; say they endanger motorists’ civil liberties, compromise safety and give too much power and profit to camera-operator companies. House Transportation Committee head wants reports on camera-caused or -prevented vehicle crashes, vendor contracts and how citation revenues are spent.

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House lawmakers examining the use of high-tech traffic enforcement tools plan on introducing bills next year that could create guidelines on where cameras could be used, and lengthening the duration of a yellow light before it turns red. Also under discussion is prohibiting speed-limit enforcement and stoplight cameras altogether.

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