Middle TN Mother Says Car Seat Check Helped Protect Her Daughter

A near head-on collision in Millersville could have led to serious injuries for a young girl, but a car seat inspection and reinstallation performed by the Springfield Fire Department just minutes prior to the close call helped protect the girl from harm.

WKRN.com reports that a nurse told the girl’s mother that she should go to a hospital or fire department if she had ever questions or issues with her daughter’s car seat. The mother later found out that her daughter’s car seat straps were loose, so she contacted the Springfield Fire Department last Saturday.

When she arrived at the SPD, firefighters helped her tighten the straps and get the car seat back in good working condition. But immediately after leaving the fire department, she encountered a vehicle that crossed all four lanes of traffic and began heading directly in her direction.

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Fatal Bicycle Accident Reported in Antioch

Metro Nashville Police say that a 60-year-old man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle in Davidson County early Wednesday afternoon.

According to a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred just before 3 p.m. at the corner of Mt. View Road and Murfreesboro Pike. The MPD’s report of the accident states that the man was walking his bike and headed southbound when he was struck by the vehicle.

After an investigation, police determined that the accident occurred because the bicyclist didn’t walk in the bicycle lane and because he failed to yield to traffic when he crossed over into the southbound lanes of the roadway.

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Serious Injuries Reported after Head-On Collision Involving Motorcycle and Car

A motorcyclist was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via LifeFlight helicopter after being involved in a serious accident with another vehicle on Wednesday.

According to a report by Clarksville Now, the accident occurred at around 7 a.m. in Montgomery County at the intersection of Madison Street and Highway 76 when the motorcycle crashed head-on into a white sedan.

In addition to causing the motorcyclist to suffer serious injuries, the accident also caused traffic to backup for around 90 minutes and created major delays during the morning rush hour, as the roadway was reduced to just one lane as police worked to investigate the crash and clear the scene.

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Fast Food Restaurant Gives Out Stickers to Encourage Teen Driver Safety

Servers at Sonic fast food restaurants will give out free stickers promoting teen driver safety when parents order food with their teens in Tennessee this week.

According to a report by WKRN.com, the initiative is in partnership with AAA and the Teen Safe Driving Coalition, which is sponsored by the National Safety Council. Each sticker includes the phrase “Practice Driving with Your Teen” and two web URLs that parents can visit to learn more about how to prepare their teens for life behind the wheel.

A spokesperson with AAA says that the stickers are designed to start a conversation between parents and teens about the importance of driver safety. The report goes on to say that 72,000 teens were involved in car accidents in the state of Tennessee in 2014.

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Winter Weather Driving and Preparation Tips

Although the official start of winter is two months away, it’s never too early to begin preparing your vehicle and yourself for driving in potentially dangerous conditions caused by ice, snow, and freezing rain.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation maintains a large supply of salt and snow plows to keep roadways throughout the state clear and safe to drive even after winter weather strikes, but they can’t always treat every road. In addition, road conditions can continue to deteriorate even after treatment when ice continues to form.

TDOT has around 250,000 tons of salt and nearly two million gallons of salt brine at the ready at the beginning of every winter season, but these supplies can be exhausted, especially if the state experiences multiple snow storms and road icings throughout the winter.

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AAA Survey Says Parents Aren’t Preparing Teens to Drive

A study conducted by AAA found that of 142 driving instructors surveyed, 65 percent say that a lack of parental involvement has caused teens to face more difficulties and dangers when learning to drive and when they’re behind the wheel by themselves or with friends.

According to a report by WKRN and WATE, driving instructors say that the three most common mistakes teens make while trying to drive include speeding, driving while distracted, and failing to properly scan the roadway with their eyes.

Tennessee’s Public Affairs Director for AAA says that it’s critical for parents to re-engage in the learning process to help teens succeed in learning good and safe driving habits. In addition, she says that it’s important for parents to get a good example behind the wheel for their teens to follow.

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Middle TN Police Say Drivers Aren’t Obeying “Move Over” Law

A close call on Monday when a driver sideswiped a Mt. Juliet police cruiser on Interstate 40 and narrowly missed the responding officer highlighted the fact that few drivers in Tennessee obey the state’s “Move Over” law.

According to a report by WKRN.com, the law was passed in 2006 when Tennessee became the 30th state in the nation to require drivers to shift lanes when they begin to approach an emergency vehicle, such as a police car, firetruck, or ambulance, that’s on the side of the road.

A sergeant with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that video of Monday’s incident in Mt. Juliet is a reminder that drivers often don’t follow the law or aren’t paying attention to the road and fail to see when there’s a stopped emergency vehicle in front of them. By the time they realize it, it’s too late for them to safely change lanes, so they make abrupt maneuvers that endanger themselves and others.

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8 Fatalities Reported on Stretch of US 41A Bypass in Clarksville Since 2014

Four people were killed in a head-on collision on US 41A Bypass in Montgomery County last Wednesday, bringing the total number of people who have been killed on that 2.7-mile stretch of road since Jan. 2014 to eight.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports that the most recent accident occurred near the scene of a crash that claimed the life of a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy in 2014 and an intersection where two others were killed in 2014.

The bypass is part of Ashland City Road and is located between Cumberland Drive and Vista Lane. A woman who works near the area told reporters that there’s at least one accident on that stretch of road per week. She also said that she was involved in an accident on the bypass in April 2015 that totaled her vehicle.

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Four Fatalities Reported after Three-Vehicle Accident in Clarksville

An accident involving three vehicles claimed the lives of four people in Montgomery County on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a report by Clarksville Now, the accident occurred just after 4 p.m. on Ashland City Road near the intersection of Cumberland Drive and Edmonson Ferry Road. Emergency responders closed the roadway from the time they arrived at the scene until around 8:30 p.m. as they worked to investigate the crash and clear the scene.

A spokesperson with the Clarksville Police Department says that the accident occurred when the driver of “Vehicle 1” crashed into “Vehicle 2” head-on. That caused Vehicle 1 to catch fire and the driver—a 58-year-old Clarksville man—to suffer fatal injuries.

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City Councilman Wants Gallatin Road to Become More Pedestrian Friendly

A 53-year-old woman was walking home from a store in East Nashville when she was struck by a vehicle and died last week. Her daughter told reporters that her mother had lived in East Nashville her entire life, and that better crosswalks and better lighting for pedestrians could make the area safer.

According to a report by WKRN.com, a city councilman who oversees the area of Gallatin Road where the woman was struck agrees. The councilman told reporters that there needs to be improvement to pedestrian safety in the area because “we live there and our kids live there, and we wouldn’t want something like that to happen to our kids or our mother.”

Two additional councilmen agreed and said that the road needs improvements to make it safer for pedestrians. The councilmen will work to put in a plan for improvements such as new crosswalks, bike lanes, and improved lighting to help make the area safer for people who are traveling on foot or on two wheels.

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