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Drivers who violate safety laws can expect to be stopped by extra-duty Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies during the “More Cops, More Stops” campaign that began Friday and runs through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3.

Deputies will concentrate on drivers who drink and drive, text, speed or fail to wear their seat belts during the late evening and nighttime hours, said Patrol Capt. Egon Grissom.

The campaign is designed to increase awareness among Tennesseans to think before driving carelessly and endangering themselves and others.

“This is a concentrated effort to remind people of wearing your seat belt, not speeding, and not driving distracted,” Grissom said. “Failure to wear a seat belt, drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving is killing Tennesseans every single day. So, we’re going to be out in force cracking down on those who break our laws with a special ‘More Cops. More Stops’ enforcement blitz to remind drivers to drive safely and to save more lives on Tennessee roadways.”

Deputies will concentrate patrols on high crash areas such as Interstate 24 and Old Barfield Road.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office reported more than 700 passenger occupants were killed in traffic fatalities last year in Tennessee.

Fifty-seven percent of those killed failed to wear their seat belts. Speeding was a factor in 23 percent of these deaths. Alcohol was listed as a factor in 27 percent of the deaths.

Simply wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to state officials.

The Highway Safety Office will pay deputies who participate in the combined messaging enforcement for the statewide campaign.

Tennessee law enforcement is teaming with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on this demonstration project to test the effectiveness of a combined enforcement crackdown.
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January 27, 2013 at 9:20am
"Alcohol was listed as a factor in 27 percent of the deaths."
This is a misleading statement because it doe not list alcohol as the "cause" of the fatality. If person who is over the legal limit for BAC is broadsided by a sober redlight runner resulting in a fatality, alcohol will be listed as "a factor" or "involved" even though it wasn't the (cause). This is the result of pressure from MAAD to enhance the anti-drinking stats used to lobby Congress. I am supportive of enforcing DUI laws and reporting factually when alcohol is th cause of a death. Maybe we should report that a cell phone was (involved) or a (factor) when reporting fatalities when a phone was found in the vehicle. I have to confess that when driving, I feel that I am in more danger from texters and people gabbing on cell phone than drunks simply because there are more of them.

January 27, 2013 at 10:47am
57% percent because of not wearing seatbelts. that is sad, we should outlaw not wearing seatbelts. Oh yea we already do, but ONLY THE LAWBREAKERS get to go without following the law. Yes this lawbreaking cost them their life, but I am making a point that making a law does not change people's mind if they do not want to change.
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