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Independence Day traditionally ranks as one of the year’s deadliest holidays due to drunk-driving crashes. The most recent data available from the 2014 holiday weekend revealed that 164 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That number represents almost half (41%) of all crash fatalities for the entire holiday weekend.
With a record 43 million Americans traveling this Independence Day weekend, there is potential for even worse results. AAA and Budweiser urge anyone celebrating away from home to plan ahead by choosing a Designated Driver, staying where they are celebrating, or arranging for another form of safe transportation.
For those that didn’t plan ahead, Tow to Go will be there to provide a safe way home. Whether you are a AAA member or not, you can call for a FREE Tow to Go ride anytime this Friday, July 1st through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5th. AAA will then transport you and your vehicle home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.
Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast. It is designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home on celebratory holidays. It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume.
In Tennessee and Georgia you can call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
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Eighty-two new laws will into effect on July 1, 2016 in Tennessee. The laws will impact everything from safety to slow pokes.
The campus-carry bill will allow faculty and staff at public colleges and universities to carry concealed guns on campus. However, the bill keeps the ban on guns in place during school-sponsored events; at meetings regarding disciplinary or tenure issues; or any location where firearms are prohibited such as day care centers or elementary schools.
Beginning Friday, July 1, 2016 veterans, those on active duty, honorable discharged or retired members of the US Armed forces will be able to get a handgun carry permit without taking the required class.
Motorists caught texting and driving could have points deducted from their driver’s licenses and may be required to attend traffic school.
Tennessee drivers are also subject to the “Slow Poke” law, which will allow officers to ticket motorists for driving too slow in the fast lane on major highways. The fine is $50.
A new law beginning July 1, 2016 will allow Tennessee residents to register to vote online, with the Safety Department matching electronically submitted forms with their state-issued IDs. The deadline for implementing the news system is July 1, 2017.
And one of the most anticipated laws allows consumers to purchase wine in grocery stores and certain gas stations between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – As legendary Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt's health continues to worsen, local organization Knoxville Pays It Forward is showing its support by encouraging everyone to wear orange in her honor on Friday, July 1.
The group organized a similar event when Summitt was first diagnosed, using the hashtag #WeBackPat to show support. Now, Knoxville Pays It Forward encourages everyone to invite their friends to join in on Friday to express their support for Summitt and her family.
The group has set up a public Facebook event and urges everyone to join the event and pass along the word to everyone they know. Click on the included link to learn more about the event.
Four grocery stores in Crossville are among more than 400 statewide that have been approved to sell wine. It becomes legal in Tennessee on Friday, July 1. The stores in Crossville that will be able to sell wine are Kroger at Highland Square, Walmart at Obed Plaza, Food City on Towne Centre drive and Food City on West Avenue. A total of 422 Tennessee grocery stores, 73 percent of those that applied, received licenses to sell. The rest are working with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission to get the additional documents needed for approval.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will be out in full force looking for impaired drivers this July 4th Weekend. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. TWRA will also be patrolling area waterways and officials say this will be a Zero Tolerance weekend. Be safe this July 4th weekend, designate a sober driver and do not operate any motorized vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.