Blue Lights - 04/03/14

  If you're like me, you've seen lots of police officers pulling drivers over these last two weeks.  I've seen officers with drivers pulled over every single day on my way to work this week. 
  
At first, I thought it was a 'spring thing' --- maybe the weather warm-up was inadvertently causing us to put the pedal to the metal, losing track of our speed. 
   That doesn't seem to be the case though.  I did some checking and found out all of these police stops are a proactive approach to save our lives.
    Low and behold, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has set a goal to reduce roadway deaths by 15 percent this year.
   Think about that.  What if your goal every day  you went to work was to keep people from dying or killing themselves.  That's noble work and I appreciate their efforts to keep me in check.
   So, what does this extra effort mean for you when you're behind the wheel?  It means deputies, troopers and police from all agencies are cracking down on everything from seat belt violations to speeding to distracted driving (that includes texting.)  
    Expect to be pulled over.  Expect to get some helpful reminders.  Expect the officer to be courteous and go ahead and plan now to be courteous back.  They're just trying to help us.
    You know what?  These extra efforts are already paying off.  So far for this year, roadway deaths in Tennessee are down seven percent compared to last year.
    To that, I say, thank you to our police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers--- for risking your lives to stop us from accidentally taking ours.

 

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