A spokesperson with the Tennessee Department of Transportation says that anywhere from 300,000 people to more than one million people could come to Middle Tennessee to view the solar eclipse next month, and the agency is concerned about large numbers of drivers stopping in the middle of the road when the event occurs.
Per a report by WKRN.com, Middle Tennessee is directly in the path of totality of the eclipse, which will happen on August 21. The TDOT spokesperson says that the agency views the event as being like Bonnaroo or the CMA Festival due to the large crowds that it will attract and the impact that it will have on interstates and highways in the area.
She went on to say that drivers who stop in the road or even on shoulders could pose dangers to themselves and other drivers by increasing the risk of accidents. Drivers who pull over to shoulders to watch the eclipse block paths for emergency personnel, especially if they’re responding to traffic incidents.