Troopers Converged to Curb Auto Accidents in During Bonnaroo | Manchester Auto Accident Lawyer
It’s not every day that Tennessee gets an additional 80,000 motorists on its highways… but it does happen once a year. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has wrapped up again and the town of Manchester is returning to normal after being flooded by visitors from all around the world.
The amount of work that goes into accommodating all those travelers is pretty astonishing, and a lot of credit has to be given to Tennessee police and highway patrol. Traffic on I-81 increases by 20% during the festival each year and could easily lead to endless jams and countless car accidents.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) have been facing the challenges caused by the massive four-day festival for over a decade. The TDOT Commissioner stated, ‘Keeping traffic moving on I-24 while getting festival goers in and out of Bonnaroo is an enormous challenge for both TDOT and the THP… through advance planning and coordination, along with years of experience, we will minimize delays as much as possible throughout the weekend.’
TDOT and THP teamed with Manchester Police as well as with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department to keep traffic moving along I-24. To alleviate congestion and avoid auto accidents, this year Bonnaroo attendees were allowed to enter the festival a day early. Highway patrol was also in force, 24 hours a day, strictly enforcing Tennessee traffic laws stating, ‘It is our goal to ensure the safety of both travelers and festival-goers.’
Last year, Tennessee troopers responded to 20 car accidents resulting from the festival traffic, 6 of which ended in injuries. Wanting to see a decrease in those numbers, the speed limit on I-24 near the exit for the Bonnaroo was reduced from 70mph to 55mph for the duration of the festival. Construction along that stretch of interstate was also halted to eliminate any road closures.
Tennessee police continued to patrol the interstate in Manchester after the festival, making sure that no music lover left the festival impaired since nearly 424 citations were issued and 44 arrests were made on festival grounds, many of which were drug-related.
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Source. TNReport.com, ‘http://tnreport.com/blog/2012/06/07/state-prepares-to-handle-traffic-safety-during-bonnaroo-2012/,’ June 7, 2012.
Source. The Tennessean, ‘http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120607/NEWS01/306070033/Bonnaroo-traffic-TDOT-urges-patience-suggests-detours,’ Brain Haas, June 7, 2012.
Source. The Tennessean, ‘http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120612/NEWS03/306120071/Bonnaroo-424-citations-44-arrests-made-during-festival?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp,’ June 12, 2012.