Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Did you know this was illegal in Franklin TN?

Ok, I must admit that since putting my Farmers Insurance sign on my car, I’ve been even more careful with my driving. Having your kids with you in the car will do it, too! And in being more careful, I’ve also been observing other drivers. Like you, I occasionally see people speeding, running red lights, and other “obvious” violations.

But I also see many drivers make a move that is definitely illegal here in Franklin TN. Can’t do it in Brentwood, for that matter. I see it so many times that I think most people don’t realize they can get a ticket for it. What is it? The beloved U-turn.

No U-TurnDecide you’re going the wrong direction on Mack Hatcher Parkway? What’s the harm is making a quick U-turn at the Franklin Road/Mack Hatcher intersection? Well, possibly a lot of harm. You might be misjudging the speed of an on-coming car, or not seeing that guy making a right turn onto Mack Hatcher. Even if you avoid an accident, you may not notice the City of Franklin Police officer conveniently parked nearby, watching for just such things. Do yourself a favor and just drive that extra minute or two until you can legally get going in the other direction. Here’s link to the code, in case you’re interested:

http://library.municode.com/HTML/14633/level3/PII_T15_C4.html#PII_T15_C4_s15-405

Any guesses on another popular move that might also make you popular with the Franklin police? Yep, passing on the right. If you’re on a two-lane road (one lane going in each direction), and someone ahead of you is stopped to make a left turn, you’re not supposed to go around them on the right. I know it’s tempting to do, but you’ll get a ticket for it. And maybe much worse – I saw someone passing on the right the other day. After just missing a mailbox, his two right tires went off the asphalt and came very close to skidding down a steep embankment!

Municipal Minutia department: While looking through the municipal code, I noticed how close you need to be when parking next to a city street curb. Any guesses? In Franklin we have an 18” limit, which seems pretty generous to me. Watch out when parking in Brentwood though -- they only allow 12”.

What’s your driving pet peeve? What do wish your fellow drivers would do, or not do? Feel free to respond here, and get it off your chest!

 

 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Free Child I.D. Kits to be given away at upcoming Williamson County Soccer Association Picture Day Event

I’ll be giving away free child I.D. kits on Saturday, March 27, 2010, during the Picture Day event at the Williamson County Soccer Association soccer complex, located at 1877 Downs Blvd in Franklin TN. Time is 7:00 am – 2:00 pm. Picture Day is Saturday, March 27, 2010This is a big day for the WCSA youth soccer league, when all teams come to play and also have their team and individual pictures taken inside the arena.

As a sponsor of several WCSA youth teams, I enjoy participating on Picture Day, handing out free child I.D. kits to parents who stop by my tent, located just outside the main entrance to the indoor arena. These kits allow you to maintain your child’s fingerprints, a recent photo, and crucial information (height, weight, hair color, etc.).  If ever needed, you can instantly e-mail the photo and information to the proper authorities, and forward to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  If you’d like, I’ll even take your child’s photo, put it on a CD, and give it to you on the spot! All for no cost. Just look for my Farmers Insurance tent.Stop by my tent for your free child I.D. Kit!

Over 2,000 kids across America are reported missing every day. In the event of a missing child, having a recent photo and info that can be quickly distributed is crucial to a fast recovery. What I can give you will help you be more prepared for something we all hope never happens!

If you’d like more information about the free child I.D. Kits, please call me at 778-1816. If you can’t make it that Saturday, you are welcome to pick up a kit at my office in Cool Springs. I hope to see you March 27th!