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Knoxville woman dead after fatal church bus car accident

Though we spoke last week about the decreased rate in traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July, a recent car accident claimed the life of a Knoxville woman. The incident occurred in North Knoxville when a church bus from Indiana ran a red light and slammed into her car and a truck before stopping after hitting a CVS sign pole. Some believe the bus's brakes may have failed, rendering it unable to stop, but the accident remains under investigation and blood was drawn from the bus driver for purposes of looking for intoxicants. Police claim this is standard procedure when an individual is involved in a fatal accident.

Fatal accidents decrease in Tennessee over July Fourth weekend

There is some good news for Tennessee's motorists. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, this year recorded the least number of fatal car accidents on a Fourth of July weekend. Across the state, eight people died in fatal accidents, and only a single death was attributable to an alcohol-related crash. The number of deadly crashes is down this year compared to the same time last year, too, numbering at 468. Additionally, over the extended weekend, officers made 119 drunk driving arrests and issues more than 1,000 tickets for seat belt violations.

Drowsy driving can cause catastrophic car wreck

It has happened to many of us. We climb behind the wheel early in the morning or late at night, or we drive for far too long, and the dark blanket of sleep starts to overcome us. Though many may think this is a normal occurrence that individuals can push through, the fact is far different. Experts say that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and falling asleep behind the wheel can be just as deadly.

Poll: many want more enforcement of texting while driving laws

Cell phone usage has become ubiquitous, even amongst those who are behind the wheel. However, as many Tennesseans know, using a cell phone while driving can be extremely dangerous, especially when a motorist is texting. This act requires a driver to take his or her eyes off the road and shift his or her focus from the road to the message being written or read. Though this may happen for only a split second, that short amount of time is all that is needed for catastrophic car wreck to occur.

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