Summer is a busy time for drivers. In addition to work commutes, there’s a surge in people traveling for recreational reasons, heading for day trips and on long vacations. Starting recently, on Memorial Day weekend and extending throughout the summer, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has adopted a new campaign for road safety called “Drive to Zero,” an effort to bring the number of fatalities on the road to zero.
The strategies for this new campaign include the use of checkpoints to examine sobriety, seat belt use, and whether or not drivers have a license. Chattanooga is among the Tennessee locales that also allowed for the use of a “No Refusal” policy for certain law enforcement efforts; the policy would permit law enforcement officers to ask for warrants for blood samples when they suspect a driver is impaired.
The strategies specifically target some of the behaviors that increase the chances of a fatal crash, including intoxication and not being properly restrained in one’s seat.
Whether these strategies will be effective remains to be seen. Even if fatalities don’t go down to zero, any reduction would be welcome. Last year, 321 people in Tennessee died in traffic accidents from the start of Memorial Day weekend to the end of Labor Day weekend, with roughly half of the fatalities involving improperly restrained vehicle occupants. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are also at high risk for death and serious injury on the road.
Law enforcement officials can’t be everywhere, and while stepped up patrols and other strategies can improve road safety, they don’t entirely eliminate the risk of serious accidents. As you take to the road in the coming months, keep in mind that in the event of an accident you can depend on experienced Chattanooga car accident lawyers for assistance. When you contact us, we will go over your case and help you fight for compensation to cope with medical bills, property damage, and emotional trauma in the aftermath of an accident.