CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Police havebeen awarded a $12,000 Specialized Motorcycle Enforcement Grant through the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.
The grant will assist the Clarksville Police Department in educating the public about motorcycle riders and vehicles working together to reduce crashes; training officers to investigate motorcycle related crashes; and helping officers to reduce injuries through specialized motorcycle enforcement.
“Hot spot” locations identified through analysis of crash and citations data will drive enforcement efforts to deter and change unlawful behavior. CPD also will combine enforcement with high visibility elements such as roadside signage and marked vehicles and publicity to increase awareness to reduce motorcycle crashes.
Tennessee had more than 2,700 motorcycle crashes in 2018, with 168 fataities. Clarksville had 106 motorcycle crashes in 2018, with 76 injuries, four fatalities, and 39 property damage crashes. In 2019, as of May 8, Clarksville has had 29 motorcycle crashes, with 19 injuries, and 10 with property damage. While there have been no fatalities for 2019, two of the crashes resulted in the riders having life altering injuries and are still hospitalized.