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Tragic Crash Kills One on Alcoa Highway in Alcoa, Tennessee, (TN)

July 26, 2020

ALCOA, TN- writes that a crash in Alcoa killed a 33-year-old man. The incident took place in the morning when a driver attempted to make a left turn at Vista Road.* 

The 33-year-old Knoxville man killed in the crash was driving a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The motorist who was attempting to turn was operating a 1970 Chevrolet C10 Pickup truck. That individual was identified as an 80-year-old man from Alcoa. 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is carrying out the investigation into the incident. Investigators stated that charges are pending against the surviving driver. 

Avoiding left turns can keep drivers safer. In fact, in Florida, officials are outlawing left turns in many locations in the state to increase road safety. The plan might be criticized for making driving less convenient, but the Florida Department of Transportation believes that the move is a good way to cut down on crashes. For now, the program is only in effect at 50 intersections in Florida, in which there are no traffic signals. 

In Arizona, officials have considered trying a similar approach in order to reduce the number of crashes. 

Florida’s plan is not entirely novel. In fact, for years, UPS has been designing its drivers’ routes to avoid left turns. As it turns out, left turns may not only be dangerous but could also be less efficient in the long run. The company found that by eliminating most left turns, they were able to save about ten million gallons of fuel annually, and cut down on mileage covered per routes. The strategy is likened to the company removing 21,000 cars from the road. Although it may be counterintuitive, UPS’s numbers make it pretty clear that left turns are not necessary for getting around on the road. 

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