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Rules of the road

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If you have a classic case of "lead foot," well, it's time to slow down.

The Lebanon Police Department began "heightened" traffic enforcement this week.

Police Department spokesperson Cpl. PJ Hardy said the decision was based on a combination of factors.

"We've had a lot of comments from citizens on people not stopping at stop signs and speeding, things like that. Also, statistics pulled from the city, county and state show that fatalities and injuries are up this year," Hardy explained, before noting the Lebanon Special School District and Wilson County Schools are about to begin a new school year.

"This is not about writing citations. It is about reminding folks of the rules of the road and making contact with them," he said. "As we grow and become a larger community, we have to have safe driving on the front end and keep our home a safe place to be. There is such a thing as courtesy on the roadway."

A lot of things are considered by officers when issuing a citation - including the level of the violation, the driver's attitude and driving history.

It's best, Hardy said, to simply follow the law in the first place.

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