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Rutherford County Traffic Safety Task Force


Drivers who try to beat traffic lights can expect citations as part of Operation Red Light Runner enforcement event from two to six p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 throughout the county.


Murfreesboro Police Captain Cary Gensemer said the Rutherford County Traffic Safety Task Force plans to focus on traffic lights enforcement to change driving behavior.


The Murfreesboro Police Department will focus on intersections like Old Fort Parkway and Carson Lane and Memorial Boulevard at Clark Boulevard where crashes happen often.


During the past year, there were 19 crashes with injures within the intersection of Old Fort Parkway and Carson Lane and 12 crashes with injures within the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and Clark Boulevard.


“Our officers will concentrate on hazardous moving violations, distracted driving violations, and seat belt violations in an attempt to change driving behavior through high visibility traffic enforcement,” said Gensemer.


Town of Smyrna spokeswoman Kathy Ferrell said Smyrna Police will focus on the intersections of Enon Springs Road at South Lowery Street and Old Nashville Highway at Sam Ridley Parkway.


“Motorists often accelerate though intersections rather than stopping,” said Ferrell. “Slowing down and obeying the traffic signal will help reduce traffic crashes.”


The Rutherford County Traffic Safety Task Force is made up of Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, Eagleville, MTSU and Veterans Affairs Police Departments.


The task force also includes the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.


Their mission is “Saving Lives through Proactive Traffic Enforcement.”