Seat belt use a higher priority
Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:56 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is cracking down on seat belt use in rural areas of Tennessee.
Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely said that while only a quarter of the population lives in the country, more than half of all traffic fatalities occur outside of metropolitan areas.
State troopers and local law enforcement agencies will begin a high-visibility campaign on Nov. 17, with a special emphasis on rural areas of the state.
Officers will be ticketing people who aren’t wearing seat belts.
In 2007, 59 percent of Tennessee’s 1,210 traffic deaths occurred in rural parts of the state, compared with 41 percent in urban areas.