Friday, November 20, 2015

Watch this!

Signal Mountain High School produced a very nice safe driving video featuring a Pirate. Who doesn't love to watch a pirate? Go to:

Virtual Bar has a virtual bar available intended to help people know what their BAC levels are after certain drinks and perhaps food are consumed. It includes a warning: This is not intended as a scientific tool for measuring Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), but is rather designed to help adults of legal drinking age understand the factors that affect their BAC.

You can go to the virtual bar at:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Congratulations Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

HCSO Credits TN Grant With Higher DUI Arrest Rate

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says a RIDD Grant from the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office is responsible for increasing the rate of DUI-related arrests over the past year.

In a release, authorities say the RIID Grant, (Remove Impaired-Intoxicated Drivers), gives the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) the opportunity to use more federal funds to support traffic enforcement operations for the sole purpose of removing impaired and/or intoxicated drivers from roads.

During the period of October 2014 through September 2015, the HCSO goal was a minimum of a 7% increase from last year's arrests made for impaired or intoxicated drivers.

The HCSO says it accomplished this goal. Deputies experienced an increase in DUI arrests during this grant period. A total of thirty arrests were made during this 2014-2015 grant period verses a total of twenty-three DUI arrests made during the 2013-2014 grant period.

During the 2014-2015 grant period Hamilton County Sheriff's Office investigated a total of three deadly crashes in the unincorporated areas, with one of them being alcohol related.

The HCSO says deputies are removing more impaired and intoxicated drivers from the roads and it is clear lives are being saved.

The HCSO says the RIID Grant has allowed deputies and traffic personnel to also see improvements due to the higher visibility of more law enforcement personnel and increased enforcement measures.

The HCSO says the RIID Grant has allowed the HCSO to have additional manpower on the streets and the citizens in Hamilton County have been able to see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel.

HCSO says HCSO School Resource Officers have also contributed to the success of the RIID Grant. For example, during this year's RIDD Grant period, 243 presentations were made by SROs on topics such as drunk driving, driving impaired, drugs, and the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. 6,989 students participated in these presentations.

In April, a simulated crash was conducted at Sale Creek Middle / High School in cooperation of the Hamilton County Health Department to further illustrate to students the dangers of driving while impaired or intoxicated.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Elder Driving

Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2013 “Older Population” (DOT HS 812 199):  In 2013, there were 5,671 people 65 and older killed and an estimated 222,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. These older people made up 17 percent of all traffic fatalities and 10 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Compared to 2012, fatalities among older people increased by 1 percent and the number of older people injured increased by 4 percent.

Distracted DRiving

Driver Electronic Device Use in 2014 (DOT HS 812 197):  The percentage of drivers text-messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014; this was a statistically significant increase. Driver handheld cell phone use decreased from 4.6 percent in 2013 to 4.3 percent in 2014 (Figure 1); however, this was not a statistically significant decrease. These results are from the  National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which provides the only nationwide probability-based observed data on driver electronic device use in the United States. The NOPUS is conducted annually by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Two-a-day breath tests keep drinkers out of jail

This is an interesting program that needs to be seriously considered in Tennessee. Recently I attended a Summit concerning this program with members of the 5th Judicial District, who are examining the possibilities of being a pilot project for us. We'll keep looking and considering options. If you have an opinion, e-mail me directly at Do not post a comment or reply. I don't look at them as 95% are ads for services and other spam.

Read about this program here:

Two-a-day breath tests keep drinkers out of jail