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May 24 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
TENNESSEE TRUCKING INDUSTRY PROMOTES HIGHWAY SAFETY OVER THE HOLIDAY
To promote highway safety for all drivers over the Memorial Day weekend, the Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) and Foundation (TTF) is holding its annual “Holiday Safety Break” on Friday, May 24, 2019.
Members of Tennessee’s Road Team, TTA Safety Management Council Members and Department of Safety will be at rest areas across the state providing free refreshments for travelers and encouraging safety as they travel this holiday weekend. TTA will have a tractor-trailer on display at each location to illustrate the four blind spots around large vehicles where crashes are more likely to occur. Motorists will be able to climb inside the truck and see the blind spots for themselves. Road Team Captains will be available to discuss the importance of buckling up, slowing down, keeping a safe following distance, not drinking and driving as well as the risks of drowsy driving and distracted driving (texting, cell phone usage, etc.)
Seventy to 75 percent of all truck-related auto fatalities are caused by the car driver, according to figures from the Department of Transportation and AAA. Thirty-five percent of these occur in a truck’s blind spots. “Many drivers don’t realize the limitations of larger vehicles,” said Dave Huneryager, President and CEO of TTA. “By helping motorists understand how to safely share the road with large commercial trucks, we hope to make this weekend safer for everyone.”
TTA Memorial Day Weekend Safety Break
Friday, May 24, 2019. Beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM.
Rest area I-40 Westbound near Dickson – Mile Marker 170
Rest area 1-40 Eastbound near Jackson – Mile Marker 73
Rest area 1-40 Eastbound near Dandridge – Mile Marker 420
Rest area I-75 Northbound near Athens – Mile Marker 45
The Trucking Industry Sharing Refreshments & Safe Driving Tips with Motorists