December 26, 2010 by  

TDOT, Holiday travelers should enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee during the peak Christmas and holiday travel New Year’s. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again the cessation of any activity of lane closures on motorways and trunk roads in anticipation of higher volumes of traffic across the state.

No temporary lane closures will be permitted for construction on the roads of Tennessee Friday from 8 am to 8 pm on Monday, January 3.

Except for a few long-term closures must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended. Workers will also be on hand in some construction zones. Drivers must obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction zones. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary provision of the roadway and will be applied. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $ 250 to $ 500 plus court costs and possible increased insurance premiums.

“Motorists can expect to see increased law enforcement on the roads throughout the stay with a particular focus on stopping drivers who are impaired,” said Governor Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “We want everyone to have a holiday so do not forget safety belt, speed limit and do not drive a car if you had something to drink.”

Drivers should refrain from SMS, Twitter or use a mobile phone while driving. Drivers must “Know before you go!” and check traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.

AAA predicts holiday travel will increase by nearly 4% in Tennessee this year, with over 2 million expected to travel by car to the state of volunteering between Christmas and New Year

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