Woodbury Police will once again be out in force on local streets this winter cracking down on seat belt violators, drunk drivers, speeders and those who drive distracted.
This is all part of a special More Cops. More Stops. enforcement blitz which runs Jan. 25 through Feb. 3.
More than 700 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in Tennessee motor vehicle crashes during 2011 and 57 percents were not wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes.
Alcohol and speeding were also deadline. In 2011, 27 percent of Tennessee’s fatalities involved drivers or motorcycle operators with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, and 23 percent of all Tennesseans killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were involved in a speed-related crash.
“While you may think this nightmare could never happen to you, the fact remains that failure to wear a seat belt, drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving are killing Tennesseans ever single day,” said Woodbury Police Chief Kevin Mooneyham. “So we’re going to be out in force cracking down on those who break our laws with a special More Cops. More Stopes. enforcement blitz to send the public a strong reminder to drive safely and to save more lives on Tennessee roadways.”
Teens and young adults continue to be among the high risk group because of their risky behaviors. Research and fatal crash statistics show that young adult males, ages 18 to 34, are the most likely to practice high-risk behaviors while driving, such as drinking and driving and not wearing seat belts.
Nighttime passenger vehicle occupants of all ages are also among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained. In 2011, 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants in the U.S. were killed in car crashes at night. Of those killed, 62 percent were not wearing seat belts, compared to 43 percent killed during daytime hours.
“Not wearing your seat belt, driving drunk, texting while driving and speeding claim far too many lives in Tennessee, so all violators we catch will be stopped, ticketed or arrested,” Mooneyham said.