Tennessee highway patrol uses grant programs to improve safety
Two grants are helping the
Tennessee Highway Patrol with programs to provide increased enforcement, public awareness and
reduce the loss of life and property on state roadways, The Sober Up TN and the BELTS programs.
The Sober Up TN Program allows the THP to allocate additional
hours for state troopers to patrol the interstates, conduct sobriety
checkpoints, perform bar checks and educate the public on the dangers of
drinking and driving. A study shows that the majority of impaired driving crashes occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., and a higher rate of alcohol-related wrecks occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Goals of the Sober Up TN Program include:
the number of sobriety checkpoints;
DUI and alcohol-related offenses;
fatalities where alcohol was indicated as a contributing factor;
community meetings to solicit citizen attendance and input and involve local
agencies, District Attorney Generals, school and court officials and associated
The BELTS program will provide funding to allow state troopers to
enhance the current seat belt usage rate. Statistical data revealed that
unrestrained fatalities are most likely to occur on Fridays and Saturdays than
any other day of the week. Statistics also show that unrestrained drivers are
most often killed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Goals of the BELTS Program include:
seat belt checkpoints in each of the THP Districts (8) each month;
district will participate in the twelve statewide seat belt blitzes scheduled;
the number of unrestrained drivers in fatal and injury crashes by five percent;
the seat belt usage rate by 2.5 percent.
Both grant programs run through September 30, 2014.
Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:49:44 GMT
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