Monday, May 23, 2016

Think about this

In 1963 there were 1.5 million licensed drivers in Tennessee.
In 2014, there were 4.7 million.

In 1963 there were 941 traffic fatalities.
In 2014, there were 963.

We have 3 times as many drivers and about the same number of fatalities.

Sometimes, we get frustrated, but the reality is, we do pretty well.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Lane Departures and Fatal Crashes

Fatalities are up this year with 345 persons killed on our roadways this year as compared to 313 at this time last year. That's a 9% increase at this point. That's not good!

What's going on?  We can't blame the departure of Kendell Poole and Jim Camp forever, can we?

140 of the 345 fatal crashes included one particular factor. They included a driver failing to maintain a lane of travel. 

That's 40% of fatal crashes! That's a lot of death and destruction!

Why are so many people leaving their lanes? Perhaps we need to start looking at lane departure as a danger like DUI.

Defense attorneys often ask officers on the stand all the excuses they have ever heard for people leaving their lane. They aren't all under the influence. They are dangerous!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

De Moated

Moats has been overturned! Community caretaking is now recognized as an exception to the 4th Amendment warrant requirement.
If an officer stops to check on a driver slumped over the wheel, it is OK to turn on the blue lights to keep everyone safe!
Tennessee joins 48 States and the federal courts in recognizing this practice.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Fatalities on the Rise

295 persons have died on our roadways so far this year. Please be cautious and aware of the dangers on our roads.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sad news from the numbers

We had 57,395 traffic crashes in the first 3 months in Tennessee.
45, 587 were property damage crashes.
16,539 persons were injured.
214 people were killed.

Unfortunately one of those people used to play with my son as they grew up in Athens. He was 22.
He wore his seat belt. He was sober and drug free. He was on a 55 mph roadway. He was probably going too fast.
He left the road to the left and hit a tree.
A life can end in an instant. The loss lasts forever. Mason had a zest for life.

Goodbye Mason. You will be missed.