Fentress Co. Sheriff’s Office Participates In Governor’s 2016 SAFE Campaign

The Fentress County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office for the 2016 Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign.  The SAFE campaign is designated to increase seat belt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee.  Law envorcement agencies participate in the campaign by planning and implementing occupant protection initiatives in their communities.

“As a person with personal experience to the effectiveness of seatbelts, I believe firmly in this campaign, and urge anyone who is not currently using theirs to reconsider, because we as a department will be watching for violators,” said Deputy Jason Duncan, GHSO Coordinator.

This is the third year that the Governor’s Highway Safety Office has sponsord this campaign.  Last year yielded the following results:

•2,470 child restraint violations

•33,879 seat belt citations

•671 other seat belt enforcement activities.

“Last year, our statewide seat belt use dropped slightly to 86.6%,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendall Poole.  “It is vitally important that all drivers and passengers buckle up every trip, every time.  Our ultimate goal is that this campaign, combined with the increase of the seat belt fine, will increase our usage rate to ninety percent or higher.”

This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seat belt enforcement.  Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.  Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted.  That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.