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Petitioning Tennessee Department of Transportation Liason Matt Barnes and 5 others

Ike's Law: Restrict use of US Highway 129 to Non-Commercial Vehicles

The terrain and layout of US Highway 129 is mountainous with multiple sharp curves, many outside the limits of tractor trailer vehicles' maneuverability. Because of this, the driver of the tractor trailer must compensate for the curves by utilizing the lane of oncoming traffic. This action often times results in vehicles being ran off the road, wrecks, and fatalities. Such a fatality occurred on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Dwight "Ike" Woodard, a seasoned, experienced, and habitually safe rider, was enjoying a ride with friends on his Triumph Speed Triple. According to law enforcement reports, a tractor trailer rig attempting to utilize US Highway 129 failed to maintain it's lane in a series of curves. The tractor trailer rig crossed into Ike's lane of travel, almost taking up his whole lane. Ike's motorcycle was ran over, but he survived. However, Ike lost his life en route to the hospital due to complications from the wreck.

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60 Second video clip illustrating the issue at hand

Ride Highway 129 from Ike's perspective

This petition was delivered to:
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation Liason
    Matt Barnes
  • North Carolina Secretary of Transportation
    Gene Conti
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    Gerald Varney
  • Division Administrator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
    Pamela Kordenbrock
  • Department of Transportation
    Michael Onder
  • Office of Safety, U.S. Department of Transportation
    Robert Ritter

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