A new generation in law enforcement is one of several factors that aided the Chattanooga/2nd District (which includes Bradley County) in being chosen as No. 1 among the state’s Tennessee Highway Patrol districts.
The 2nd District is one of eight statewide.
“The Chattanooga District has a strong leadership team who utilize creative traffic safety enforcement plans and educational campaigns to help reduce serious injury crashes and traffic fatalities across the district. They were the first district to deploy the ‘No Zone’ tractor-trailer to identify and cite distracted drivers — a tool that was later used in other districts across the state,” Col. Tracy Trott said.
“Their overall traffic safety efforts make them deserving of this honor,” he added.
Capt. Jesse Brooks received the news recently that the Chattanooga District had achieved the distinction.
THP Sgt. Trey Seymour said he concurred with Trott’s analysis.
What makes the Chattanooga District the “Best in the State?”
“First off, the Chattanooga District/THP has one of the best, supportive captains and administrative staffs in the state. Capt. Jessie Brooks speaks highly of all the troopers constantly, and believes in professionalism and pride,” said Seymour.
“By doing this, it has made every trooper on the road strive to increase activity by looking for impaired drivers, hazardous moving violations, seat belt violations, and commercial vehicle violations. Everyone is on board in working for safer roadways with our enforcement events and efforts.”
Seymour also said public education through news media has helped raise awareness in the Chattanooga District.
“There has been an increase in media coverage in helping promote our efforts on the patrol. Again, with the media and support of the community, we have been able to decrease the fatality rate and provide for overall safer travel by everyone getting on board and being made aware of the issues we are having,” Seymour said.
“Overall, in the 12 counties in the Chattanooga District, we had 33 fewer fatalities in 2013 than in 2012. In Bradley County, we had 24 total fatal traffic-related crashes in 2012, and only nine in 2013. That is a total decrease of 15 people who lost their lives,” Seymour said.
“Many of us in law enforcement have known each other through our education and schooling,” Seymour said.
Some of Seymour’s childhood friends are in the brotherhood of law enforcement.
“Last but not least, we have a new generation of law enforcement. We all are trying to work together. It does not matter if one works for a federal, state, county, or city agency, we are all working hand-in-hand to achieve the same goals. We are all wanting safer roadways for our families and friends,” he said.
“With a group effort, we are able to maintain and achieve what we are looking for. The bottom line is about safety and that is a goal everyone should strive to maintain,” Seymour added.
The Chattanooga District troopers arrested 1,050 impaired drivers in 2013, a 47 percent increase over the number arrested in 2012. That was along with the 22.3 percent decrease in traffic fatalities, according to THP’s data.
“We are excited to have received this award and honored to represent the Tennessee Highway Patrol as District of the Year. This would not have been possible without the tireless work of our administrative personnel, dispatchers and road troopers,” Brooks said.