Tennessee Highway Patrol chief: Bonnaroo 2014 'one of the safest' ever

Tennessee Highway Patrol chief: Bonnaroo 2014 'one of the safest' ever

June 19th, 2014 by Alex Harris in Local Regional News

The view from the ferris wheel at Bonnaroo gives a sample of the crowded general camping area.

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Bonnaroovian's clap to the music of Fritz & The Tantrums as they perform at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Manchester, Tenn.

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Revelers shower beneath the Fountain during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Manchester, Tenn.

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Bonnaroo 2014

June 12-15 • Manchester, TN

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Bonnaroo 2014 was one of the festival's safest years, according to preliminary law enforcement statistics.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that troopers worked more than 5,600 hours over the six-day period and investigated 11 accidents resulting only in property damage. Last year, 17 accidents were worked by the THP, which included one fatality and three injuries.

The THP also responded to 184 motorist assistance calls and issued 127 citations -- 40 for moving violations and 87 for nonmoving.

Of the moving violations, 10 were for driving under the influence, 17 for speeding, two for reckless driving, two for improper signal use and nine for "other moving violations." Of the nonmoving violation citations, 22 were for having a revoked or suspended license or other license law violation, one for violating the open container law, seven for seat-belt violations, nine for registration violations, four for misdemeanor drug possession and 29 for "other nonmoving violations," according to the THP.

"This is one of the safest Bonnaroo weekends we've ever worked," said THP Col. Tracy Trott in a news release. "Our troopers did a great job managing the heavy volume of traffic on Interstate 24 and the surrounding roadways."

Trott added that there were no fatalities associated with the Bonnaroo weekend.

Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said his office issued 258 citations over the festival period, and a total of 60 people were arrested by the involved agencies -- THP, the Coffee County Sheriff's Office, Manchester Police Department and the judicial district drug task force.

Additionally, deputies responded to more than 30 calls inside the Bonnaroo grounds, but are still taking reports on theft and property crimes

Graves said that while the number of citations issued was down, arrests were slightly up over last year, and the numbers probably even out.

The majority of the problems the sheriff's office dealt with were drugs and public intoxication, Graves said.

Graves said the estimation by the THP that it was one of the safest festival years was correct -- there were "a whole lot less" violent crimes that his agency responded to this year.

"It was a good year; no one died. It's a good year when nobody dies."

Contact staff writer Alex Harris at aharris@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6592.