Bradley traffic deaths drop
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Aug 25, 2013 | 1142 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BCSO traffic deputy David Oliver used radar to track the speed of motorists on Lauderdale Memorial Highway Wednesday as students began their first day of school. Personnel from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, other area law enforcement agencies and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are saturating school zones watching for bad drivers and failure to use proper seat restraints. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
BCSO traffic deputy David Oliver used radar to track the speed of motorists on Lauderdale Memorial Highway Wednesday as students began their first day of school. Personnel from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, other area law enforcement agencies and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are saturating school zones watching for bad drivers and failure to use proper seat restraints. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
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Bradley County has received some good news from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

“We are proud to say we are leading the state in traffic fatality reduction,” said Capt. W.G. Campbell of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

“Campaign Lifesaver” was initiated in Bradley County by Sheriff Jim Ruth.

Deputies distributed “Lifesaver” mints to drivers and their passengers during traffic stops.

The campaign was aimed at raising not only driver awareness, but driver education in a populous community, according to Ruth.

“We have succeeded in reducing traffic fatalities this year. Our goal is to have no lives at all lost,” Ruth added.

Four fatal crashes have been reported in 2013.

The figure indicated 13 traffic-related deaths to date during 2012.

“Labor Day is approaching and schools are in session. Our deputies continue to aggressively patrol communities in Bradley County watching for drivers who would be reckless, especially in school zones and when children are present,” Campbell said.

The Bradley County Traffic Unit has been busy along with patrol deputies, according to Campbell.

“The Traffic Unit concentrates on investigating crashes and other duties, including saturation patrols. The Patrol Division primarily saturates neighborhoods, answers calls and has been a tremendous asset to helping bring these fatal crashes down as well,” Campbell said.

Campbell said thousands of traffic stops are conducted monthly.

Many of those stops led to arrests of a variety of traffic offenders and to other things that can prompt investigations into burglaries.

That is all part of the bigger picture.

Labor Day will be the last big “hurrah” for the summer season.

“That will be a big weekend regarding travel. The Labor Day weekend begins Aug. 30 and will end on Labor Day which is Sept. 2, this year,” Campbell said.

Campbell also reported that so far, school zone traffic has been flowing smoothly.

Classes in local schools resumed Aug. 7.