There’s a new traffic light system at Hwy 63 at Myers Lane, the Lafollette Elementary School turn in.

With the traffic control system, Lafollette Police Lieutenant Matthew Forsyth is able to stand at the traffic control panel and control the traffic flow.

By Charlie Hutson

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – With the new traffic light system at Hwy 63 and Myers Lane, the LaFollette Elementary School turn in, comes the technology to manually control the traffic light/traffic control. This system allows for a much safer intersection for the motorist and the officer.

Now, drivers just need to obey the traffic signal and not have to worry about the officer standing in the road using hand signals.

This also eliminates several police cars with their flashing lights during the dark hours while trying to navigate through the traffic. The system provides a safety factor for the officer directing traffic.

It’s a busy time twice a day during the school year on Hwy 63 at Myers Lane.

Sometimes heavy rain or blinding sunlight impedes a drivers visibility, leaving many officers with stories about dodging cars.

With the traffic control system, Lt. Matthew Forsyth is able to stand at the traffic control panel and control the traffic flow. From the control panel, he is able to see the intersection and also see the east-west traffic on Hwy 63 and the traffic flow on Myers Lane. With this visual information, Forsyth adjust the traffic lights to keep the traffic flowing. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/08/2024-6AM)