TDOT wants drivers to remember three simple steps
According to AAA, over 34 million drivers hit the road during the Labor Day holiday. Traffic on the interstate was backed up for miles Saturday morning after a couple from Ringgold, GA was sideswiped by another vehicle.
They were traveling down the 1-75 southbound lanes when their truck loaded with farm equipment landed in the median.
50-year-old Reba McNeece was found dead when emergency responders arrived. Her husband was airlifted to a local hospital.
TDOT dispatchers say the majority of roadway fatalities could be avoided. Charles Cooper says, "cell phones and texting are a major distraction for drivers. They aren't paying attention to the road like they should be."
Dana Carroll, a TMC operator says, "drivers need to pay attention and slow down especially going around a curve. That isn't possible when someone is going 70 miles an hour. You can't see what's ahead of you."
TDOT officials want drivers to remember these three simple steps; stay alert, follow the speed limit and don't text and drive.