Chattanooga police launch new program to prevent crashes
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Chattanooga police are launching a new effort city-wide to address serious and fatal crashes.
The plan, called a Special Traffic Operations Plan (STOP) is designed to focus on high crash areas in the city of Chattanooga to decrease crash rates and change driving habits.
The initiative was developed using Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) which is one of the CPD’s three policing strategies.
Police were able to identify high-risk areas and the times of day those areas are most at risk. Officers will be looking for the following illegal actions:
Following too closely
Distracted driving / texting
“We have more people harmed while driving every single year than we do in comparison to any other crime,” said Lt. David Gibb with the Chattanooga Police Department’s Traffic Division. “We are taking this risk very seriously, we just want people to slow down and drive defensively.”
For 2015, Chattanooga had 14,912 crashes with 2,036 injury crashes. according to CPD.
Police also say that they and other agencies do not have quotas for traffic tickets. They also say that tickets are given for illegal activity and does not spike at the end of the month.