State Troopers and Help are Just a Phone Call Away

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 | 07:00pm

Nashville, Tennessee — The Tennessee Department of Safety wants to remind motorists to dial *THP if they encounter trouble on the road.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responds to more than half a million calls for service each year.  State Troopers are there if a driver needs them, whether it’s for a flat tire or a serious crash.  Motorists can dial *THP (*847) from their cell phone and will be automatically connected to the closest THP dispatch office.

“We are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said THP Colonel Mike Walker.  “If you dial *THP, an operator will make sure that a Trooper is sent to your location to help, and it doesn’t matter how small the problem may be.  Being stuck on the side of the highway can be dangerous, and we are here to serve and protect everyone traveling Tennessee highways.”

Drivers can still dial 911 if they are in an emergency situation.   Dialing *THP may cut down on wait time since the call goes directly to the Troopers where they are located.  This is an important reason why motorists need to be aware of their surroundings as they travel.  It is much easier for Troopers to locate a driver needing assistance if that driver can provide details such as a mile marker, road sign and/or landmark.

Motorists are also encouraged to dial *THP if they suspect another driver is under the influence or driving aggressively.  Drivers who believe they are the victim of road rage or any other form of aggressive driving should never retaliate or react in a manner that causes more danger.  When it is safe to use a cell phone, that driver should call *THP and provide THP dispatch with their location, a description of the other vehicle and details regarding the incident.

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