MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – In Friday’s Ransom Note: road rage.
Have you noticed we’re not doing nearly as many stories about road rage violence on Memphis highways lately? That’s because Operation Grizzly Bear is working.
That’s the name for the team effort by Memphis Police, Shelby County deputies, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol to station a patrol car at several intersections on I-40, I-240, and Highway 385.
There were 32 shootings in the first six months but almost zero since then.
Friday, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland asked the highway patrol to keep it up. He says the interstate highways are the state’s responsibility anyway. And if state troopers could keep helping, that would free-up Memphis cops to patrol city streets.
Approval will come from the governor, and Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner will get the same request.
Hopefully now that summer is almost over, tempers will simmer down too, but let’s also hope Mayor Strickland gets the answer he wants.