Monday, February 1, 2016

January is done

In January we lost 45 persons on our roadways. Last year that number was 71.

There were 8 persons lost in impaired driving cases. Alcohol was involved in seven deaths. Drugs were involved in five deaths. In four instances both alcohol and drugs were involved.

No impaired fatal crashes occurred after January 15th.

Tennessee men denied bond after Georgia chase, crash kills 2

Tennessee men denied bond after Georgia chase, crash kills 2: A judge is refusing bond for two Tennessee men jailed in Georgia after allegedly fleeing police and crashing into another vehicle, killing two people.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hundreds of drug drivers snared by police roadside test campaign, police reveal

 News from Great Britain.....

A police campaign to target drug drivers caught more than 900 motorists who were under the influence of illegal drugs last month.
The Christmas campaign used new powers and roadside testing kits to launch a crackdown on drivers who take to the wheel after using cannabis, cocaine and other substances.
Officers used 1,888 drug screening devices during December with 931 showing positive results for drugs - or almost 50 per cent.
New legislation, which covers 17 legal and illegal drugs, and the roll-out of drug detection devices to all forces has made it easier to identify and prosecute drug drivers, the NPCC said.
 Read the full story at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/12124735/Hundreds-of-drug-drivers-snared-by-police-roadside-test-campaign-police-reveal.html

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Somebody is banned from a bar!

The Cleveland Daily Banner reports that Joel Echols was arrested for driving into a bar twice....literally driving into the bar. He faces a bunch of charges including DUI. The story includes this paragraph:

"The deputy’s reports said that Echols, after driving the truck into the bar, left the scene on foot, where he
was apprehended. Wagner’s report said Echols admitted to driving the truck into the building “for
entertainment,” and further investigation led to information that the truck belonged to Echols’ girlfriend."


Read the complete story at:

http://clevelandbanner.com/stories/man-drives-pickup-truckthrough-charleston-bar,26624

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fatalities

The daily traffic report indicates we have lost 26 people on our roads this year. Twenty Three of the deceased are listed in TITAN. Those we have lost are:

Bobby Stills, 77, Greeneville
Jack Henshaw, 61, Knoxville
Robert Arruda, 24, Etowah  Victim of hit and run
Antoniece Padgett, 22, Chattanooga
Antonio Marbury, 26, Chattanooga (passenger)
Robert Osgood, 67, Fayetteville
William Markum,  67, Dunlap
Kayla Bryanton, 20, Murfreesboro
Anthony Jenkins, 56, Westmoreland
Thomas Gerson, 62, Old Hickory
Lori Hollingsworth, 35, Lebanon
Michael Drake, 52, Madison  Pedestrian, victim of hit and run
Anthony Majares, 58, Smyrna
Brenda Cecil, 54,  Nashville
Mary Tarlecky, 92, Dickson
Andre Wright, 31, Clarksville
James Bates, 47, Nunnelly
Izhar, Morfin, 17, Bowling Green, Ky, passenger
Tiffany Woodlin, 27, Dyersburg  (driver)
Roytez McClellan, 15, Michigan City, Ms
Jaquayveon Evans, 13, Ashland, Ms (passenger)
Otis Mayfield, 27, Munford
Sara Chow, 19, Cordova
Jeffrey Thomas, 55, Southhaven, Ms

Eduardo Sosa, 35, Memphis

Please remember all. They are not statistics. They are family and friends, who will be sorely missed.

Friday, January 15, 2016

2015 Traffic Fatalities in Tennessee Third Lowest Since 1963


Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | 11:57am
Tennessee Highway Patrol Releases State-Wide Figures
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the number of traffic fatalities in 2015 is the third lowest annual figure in Tennessee since 1963. The 2015 traffic fatality numbers are reported by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP).
Preliminary figures indicate there were 965 vehicular deaths on Tennessee roadways in 2015. In 1963, there were 941 deaths. The 2015 fatality number includes 112 pedestrians and 10 pedal cyclists.
From 1964 to 2010, Tennessee averaged 1,234 deaths on roadways. Over the 46 year period, 1973 was the most tragic year, totaling 1,444 traffic deaths. From 2011 to 2015 under Governor Bill Haslam’s administration, the five year annual traffic fatality average has been 971, with those five years making up five of the six lowest years since 1963.
Nationwide preliminary figures indicate an increase of about 15 percent in 2015 compared to 2014.
“We are making great strides in reducing traffic fatalities with our data driven enforcement initiatives, public awareness efforts, and special programs,” Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “Our top goal continues to be the reduction of traffic fatalities. We are committed to enforcing our traffic laws and saving lives.”
THP Colonel Tracy Trott said state troopers’ commitment to enforcing DUI, seat belt, and distracted driving traffic laws is producing results. State troopers arrested 7,805 individuals on suspicion of DUI in 2015 and cited 114,047 individuals for not wearing their seat belts. Subsequently, there was a 20.9 percent drop in alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2015 in Tennessee and a 3 percent drop in the percent of fatalities involving unrestrained motorists compared to 2014.
“Our focus and commitment to traffic enforcement and citicens’ safety are making a difference in Tennessee,” Trott said. “We are making great progress in reducing fatal incidents on Tennessee roadways, but we know there is more work needing to be done, and we are even more committed to citizens’ safety than ever before. We encourage Tennesseans to make safe choices. Buckle up, don’t drive impaired and don’t text while driving because we care.”

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

First alcohol and drug related fatality of year kills driver

A search on the Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (Titan) shows that we have had our first alcohol and drug related traffic fatality of the year on Monday, January 11th. The suspect driver, 31, died in the crash in Clarksville, when he ran into a 68 year old driver.