Rangers Cite Multiple Violators for Closure Violations in Tennessee

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Date: January 19, 2018
Contact: Sarah Davis, (662) 680-4014

HEADQUARTERS - TUPELO, MS: Natchez Trace Parkway law enforcement rangers cited multiple violators for driving around and removing barricades. Each violator was issued several citations for violating closures and tampering with barricades, and will be required to appear in court. The maximum penalty for each violation is $5000 and 6 months in prison. 


The Parkway remains closed from mile post 355 to 370 near Waynesboro, Tennessee and from mile post 429 to 442 near the northern terminus. “The barricades are up for a reason,” stated District Ranger Daniel Kimes. “The roadway is covered in snow and ice and is not safe to travel on. Persons who illegally move the barricades are placing the rest of the public at a significant risk and will be prosecuted.” Other areas of the Parkway, especially in the Alabama section, still have ice and snow in spots, especially in shaded areas where thawing is slow. 


Rangers recommend drivers stay alert and to drive at a reasonable speed for the roadway conditions. In the event of an emergency on the Parkway, please call the Parkway Communications Center at (800) 300-PARK (7275) or 911.


Please see the attached detour information for the Waynesboro, Tennessee section closure. 



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