(MURFREESBORO) And then there was the local business that had so many vehicles lined-up in their parking lot and police at the entrances, that customers attempting to pull-in, drove past instead.
WGNS' listeners started phoning the radio station asking what was happening? Around 4:45PM Wednesday (2/26/2020) afternoon WGNS News went to check-out this unusual story that was being phoned-in by listeners.
It was confirmed that the parking lot at the local store was filled with rows of vehicles lined-up, along with officers throughout the lot, plus police at the entrances to the parking lot.
It was obvious why motorists were driving past the business, instead of attempting to pull-in and shop locally. Plus, the rain was making the situation even more challenging.
Yes, it is extremely important to stop motorists from committing deadly motor vehicle crimes, that in reality are usually the cause of drivers not giving themselves adequate time to get to their destinations. That issue becomes more complex when the situation is magnified by rain, heavy afternoon drive-time traffic, all combined and causing a business to temporarily lose customers.
The GOOD NEIGHBOR Promise
Once the cause of the congestion was determined, station management thought long and hard about whether to release this story. And we decided that it does not serve any positive purpose to mention the name of the business that was impacted.
However, we felt that it was WGNS' 73-year old promise to be the "Good Neighbor Station", that made it mandatory for us to report the situation.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to WGNS News that a motorist who was driving under the influence (DUI) was arrested, while the only response from local authorities was e-mailing the radio station a copy of the graphics about OPERATION RED LIGHT RUNNER.
We Must All Work TOGETHER
Keep in mind, WGNS and our staff are vehemently against motorists who run red lights or break any laws that place citizens in a perilous situation. We feel that citizens and police must work together to strengthen bonds and reduce crime to make this city safer. However, lines of communication must stay open. Again, we must all work together as a team.
The public can be assured that as soon as the positive aspects of OPERATION RED LIGHT RUNNER are compiled, WGNS will be there to report the information to the community at AM 1450, FM 100.5, FM 101.9 and on your smart-phone at www.WGNSradio.com.
CLICK HERE for a link to the story about the OPERATION RED LIGHT RUNNER that was on WGNS February 22, 2020.