THP plans two safety initiatives
Every available member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, including Col. Mike Walker and his command staff, will be on patrol duty today for the statewide safety initiative “Take Back Our Highways.”
“The goal is to reduce traffic fatalities and save lives,” Walker said. “The busy summer travel season is just around the corner and I want every driver to know that we will be out enforcing the law. (Today) is just a taste of what motorists can expect to see all summer long.”
In 2007, traffic fatalities declined by about 9 percent. Preliminary figures indicate the trend is continuing in 2008, except in rural areas where fatal crashes are up, compared to this same time frame last year. In Obion County, one traffic fatality has been logged so far this year.
Troopers will conduct saturation patrols, concentrating on areas prone to crashes. They will also be targeting drivers who speed, drive aggressively, fail to wear their safety belts, and drink and drive.
In addition to the Take Back Our Highways initiative, troopers will be participating in Urban Speed Enforcement (USE). The campaign focuses on urban interstates in Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Shelby counties. USE is one of four Selective Traffic Enforcement programs the THP conducts throughout the year and is funded by grants provided by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
The Tennessee Department of Safety’s mission is (www.tennessee.gov/safety) to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.
Published in The Messenger 4.25.08