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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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Some Detroit-area cops are dealing with some real animals. Officers in Shelby Township had to take control of a black goat when it was found wandering a city park this week. Last month, the department rounded up an aggressive stray pig that charged a woman doing yard work. The pig was briefly detained and a photo of its ride in the back of a police cruiser went viral. The department is now trying to get the goat off its hands. Officers have posted a picture on Facebook, asking, "Does anyone know who owns this goat?!"

STONER CAMP

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- Plans for a pot-friendly ranch resort in Colorado have been snuffed out. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities like hiking and fishing. But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting the resort says it won't open after all. The deal was kicked after the announcement made international headlines and became the butt of jokes on late-night TV.

FIREWORKS TRUCK EXPLODES

IVANPAH, Calif. (AP) -- Fourth of July has come early along a Southern California freeway. A van packed with fireworks exploded yesterday in what one witness calls a "psychedelic" display. But the sparkling sight was a headache for everyone caught in the backup that ensued. The burned out van briefly closed the main road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas at the start of the holiday weekend. The driver of the van fled and hasn't been found.

MAILING METH

HONOLULU (AP) -- Most people see a toaster oven and think breakfast. Some criminals, think crystal meth. Two men are pleading not guilty to helping mail six pounds of methamphetamine from California to Hawaii in a four slice toaster. And it's not the first time drug smugglers have gotten savvy with shipments to the island state. Meth has previously been shipped to Hawaii in mannequin heads and stuffed animals.

 
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