Labor Day Weekend
It's the Labor Day weekend and law enforcement officers are looking for persons who are not wearing safety belts or driving impaired. On the water, the authorities are strictly enforcing all boating regulations.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period. Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, August 29, through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.
While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
"Drivers can expect to see an increased number of law enforcement personnel on the roads this Labor Day weekend," said Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. "We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit and don't get behind the wheel if you've had too much to drink or are impaired in any way."
Nationwide travel is expected to see a 1.4 percent increase from last year's numbers.
There was a multi-vehicle crash on highway 41-70 between Murfreesboro and Smyrna shortly after 3:00 o'clock Friday (8/31/2018) afternoon. The accident blocked traffic going in both directions on the New Nashvlle Highway.
Units from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Rutherford County Sheriffs Office and Rutherford County Emergencty Medical Services were the first responders.