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Tennessee should work on better driver’s education

Staff Report • Nov 21, 2013 at 8:43 AM

We send our best wishes to East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland for a speedy recovery from the injuries he sustained in a car accident earlier this week. Noland was hospitalized at Johnson City Medical Center after the SUV he was driving was struck late Monday afternoon by a flatbed wrecker at the intersection of West Watauga Avenue and West Market Street.According to the police, Noland was traveling north on West Watauga in a 2010 Acura MDX when the light turned green and he continued through the intersection. Investigators say that was when Noland was struck by a 1997 Freightliner F50 driven by Jackie L. White, Oak Dell Court, who was traveling west on West Market. White was cited for a red-light violation.Accidents like this happen every day. Sometimes they are just the result of a careless mistake — the driver simply misjudged the timing of the yellow light. Other times, however, you will notice the driver is quite deliberate in his actions. (In these cases, you often find a cell phone was somehow involved.)Running red lights, along with the other bad habits often displayed by motorists in Tennessee, can be corrected with better driver’s education programs and by making it tougher to obtain a driver’s license in this state. As we’ve stated in this space many times before, no one ever intends to harm others by running a red light. Nonetheless, they often do.

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