Law enforcement stepping up patrols with winter weather’s arrival

Tennessee News

Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols with the threat of winter weather Wednesday night into Thursday morning. 

One of the roads where Cheatham County Sheriff’s deputies are focusing on is Petway Road. 

“Usually see cars in ditches, trees down on power lines or crossroads,” said Corporal Paul Ivey. 

It’s one of several trouble spots in the county along with bridges and overpasses that Ivey and other deputies will be patrolling throughout the night. 

“If they see a car on the side of the road, making sure nobody’s still in it,” he said. 

Ivey says even small amounts of snow or sleet can cause drivers to lose control. 

“Stuff happens, people run off the roadway get stuck, just need a pullout or either they’ll actually crash their car,” he said. 

Most of the main roads in Cheatham County have already been sprayed with brine. 

But it’s the back roads where Ivey and other officers will keep close watch. 

“We’re able to get people pretty quick and get them to where they need to be,” Ivey said. 

“When it snows and ices, we get pretty busy.” 

It’s not just county roads but interstates also keeping law enforcement busy. 

State troopers will also be out in full force checking for anyone who needs help. 

“Get them to a safe location where they’re not out here in freezing temperatures,” said Lt. Travis Plotzer, public information officer for Tennessee Highway Patrol. 

Officials say drivers need to keep things in mind as roads become slick or icy. 

“Drive the speed limit and pay attention to what they’re doing,” Ivey said. 

“Make sure you have a blanket, something warm, also cell phones, maybe extra batteries for your cell phone,” Plotzer said

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