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Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Tougher Legislation For Driving Without Insurance
News Channel 5/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday April 28, 2015

Tennessee lawmakers have passed tougher legislation for motorists who drive without car insurance. Staring July 1, when you pay for your yearly registration, you'll have to show proof of insurance. The fine is also going up from $100 to as much as $300 for driving without insurance. It’s estimated that one in five Tennesseans do not have auto insurance. Currently, minimum insurance coverage costs between $300 and $400. However, AAA says the new law could bring down some insurance premiums. And there’s another incentive for having car insurance. If you are pulled over by the police and cannot show proof of insurance, they can have your car towed away and you’ll have to pay for towing and storage on top of the fines.

TBI’s ‘Crime in Tennessee’ Report Reveals Overall Decline in Crime

TBI’s ‘Crime in Tennessee’ Report Reveals Overall Decline in Crime
TBI: Josh DeVine Monday April 27, 2015

Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2014 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report. The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state, providing an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across Tennessee.
Among the report’s findings:
- Overall, reported incidents dropped in the Group A (counted by offenses) category by 2.4% and by 2.5% in the Group B (counted by arrestees) category.
- Domestic Violence offenses made up 51% of all offenses in the category of ‘Crimes Against Persons.’
- Reported murders increased by 9.9% in 2014.
- Weapon Law Violations decreased by 2.5% in 2014.
- Law enforcement departments arrested 26,810 for DUI in 2014, representing a 0.4% increase from the previous year.
We’re extremely thankful for our dedicated law enforcement partners,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “Together, they helped us compile a thorough snapshot of crime in Tennessee. We now hope every department takes this information and works to further address the key crime issues facing their communities and our state.”
As a disclaimer, the TBI strongly discourages the ranking and comparison of jurisdictions and their crime rates by the data in the 2014 report. Demographic, socio-economic, and other factors out of the control of law enforcement contribute to the nature of the crimes committed. Crime varies from place to place and ranking the agencies solely on numbers would neither be fair to the agencies nor their communities.


The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Says "Thumbs Down" To Texting & Driving
Submitted: Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox Monday April 27, 2015

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office to promote their new campaign, Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving, during the month of April. April is nationally recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Partner agencies are encouraged to participate in the campaign by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the dangers of distracted driving.
"Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and minds off the task of driving. It creates the proverbial 'perfect storm' for a crash, and no one has the right to put another person's life at risk like that," said Sheriff Casey Cox.
Texting and driving in Tennessee can result in a $50 fine for a driver of any age. For young drivers who have Learner's Permits or Intermediate Restricted licenses, cell phone use of any kind while driving is illegal.
Preliminary data reveals that in 2014, Tennessee experienced its highest number of known distracted driving crashes at 21,021:
• 41 fatal crashes resulting in 48 deaths
• 5,951 injury crashes resulting in 8,602 injured
• 15,029 property damage only crashes

"Texting while driving is illegal and irresponsible/' said Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendeil Poole. "We are hoping that by highlighting one negative behavior, Tennesseans will recognize the need to stop all behaviors that take their focus off of driving."
For more information about the Thumbs Down campaign or to learn more about texting and driving,


Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Announces SAFE Campaign Participation
Submitted: Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox Monday April 27, 2015

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office will be partnering with the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office for the 2015 Seatbelts Are For Everyone {SAFE) campaign. The SAFE campaign is designed to increase seat belt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to participate in the campaign by planning and implementing occupant protection initiatives in their communities.
Last year, Tennessee reached its highest seat belt use rate in history at 87.71%. "We are excited to see that more people are making the right choice to buckle their seat belt/' said Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. "However, historically we've seen that approximately fifty percent of our fatalities statewide are unrestrained. This shows us that we still have work to do. Partnering with law enforcement to back up our educational messages is the best way for us to achieve additional increases in seat belt use."
This is the second year that the Governor's Highway Safety Office has sponsored this campaign. Last year yielded the following results:
• 1,718 child restraint violations
• 30,147 seat belt citations
• 773 other seat belt enforcement activities
"Buckling up is a simple but essential safety habit. The proper use of seatbelts increases the likelihood that you and your loved ones will avoid serious injury during an accident. So please remember SEATBELTS SAVES LIVES! Please Buckle up." Said Sheriff Casey Cox.
It is vitally important that all drivers and passengers buckle up every trip, every time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 miles per hour.
The SAFE campaign will be ongoing now through July 31st. Agencies participating in the voluntary campaign become eligible to win one of two fully-equipped police vehicles at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Challenge in August.

Peyton Manning, wife announce $3 million commitment to UT football, scholarship

Peyton Manning, wife announce $3 million commitment to UT football, scholarship
WVLT/UTSports Sunday April 26, 2015

Vol for Life and five-time National Football League Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, announced Friday a $3 million leadership commitment to the University of Tennessee. This gift commitment will benefit both the Tennessee football program and the Peyton Manning Scholarship Endowment. According to Local 8 Now and UTSports, this commitment will also honor two individuals, Gus Manning and Carmen Tegano. Gate 16 at Neyland Stadium will be named the Gus Manning Gate, honoring the Tennessee legend who has served the University and its athletic program for 64 years. The Carmen and Deborah Tegano Student-Athlete Dining Hall will be established in the new residence hall under construction at the corner of Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Volunteer Boulevard on the UT campus. Carmen is an associate athletics director for UT and is in his 31st year of service to the University, while Deborah was one of Peyton's professors during his time at UT. )Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics).


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