In nearby Franklin, Tennessee, police clocked a driver doing 98-miles-per-hour on the busy Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway. For those who are not familiar with the roadway, the speed limit is 45-miles-per-hour, which means the driver was speeding at 53-miles-per-hour over the speed limit. The speeder was caught on a Franklin Police Officers radar gun, which can be seen in the photo above this news story.
According to Tennessee law, if someone is found guilty of speeding 46-miles-per-hour or more over the set speed limit, they receive a total of 8-points on their driving record. The Volunteer States uses points to track moving violations of drivers. If someone accumulates 12-points or more within a 12-month period, their drivers license is suspended. In addition to a suspended license, insurance companies also check customer's driving points. The more points an individual has, the greater the risk to they are to insure. When the risk of a driver rises, the cost of their insurance also increases. In some cases, insurance companies drop clients because of a bad driving record. High points equal a greater risk of that driver causing an accident.
Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway, which is State Route 397, is named after former highway superintendent Mack Hatcher. Throughout his career the bachelor dedicated many hours to his job, arriving at 5AM and leaving at 6 or 7PM each evening. Prior to becoming a highway superintendent, he was a farmer in the Thompson Station community.
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