CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- The Clarksville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its fifth annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign, which is designed to increase the use of seatbelts and child passenger safety restraints.
The SAFE campaign runs Feb.1 to Aug. 1 and uses a mix of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout Tennessee.
The Clarksville Police Department will also be partnering with THSO and the Tennessee Highway Patrol in the Buckle up in Your Truck campaign.
“If you come to Clarksville in your truck and are caught not wearing a seat belt, citations will be issued”, said Lt. Philip Ashby, CPD Traffic Commander.
Last year the SAFE campaign yielded the following results:
• 1,480 child restraint violations.
• 16,571 seat belt citations.
• 835 other seat belt enforcement activities.
“In 2016, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 88.95 percent,” THSO Director Vic Donoho said. “Last year, the state’s usage rate decreased to 88.51 percent. Our goal this year is to achieve 100 percent seatbelt usage across Tennessee through the S.A.F.E. campaign and other occupant-protection initiatives.”
In Tennessee, a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities tend to occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Historically, approximately 50 percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That increases to nearly 60 percent when nighttime crashes are examined. Therefore, participating agencies will focus on nighttime seatbelt enforcement during the SAFE campaign this year.
For more about the THSO, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.