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Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department joining More Cops, More Stops enforcement blitz this winter

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm

The Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department will once again be out in force on local roadways this winter cracking down on seat belt violators, drunk drivers, those who speed and those who drive distracted.

It is all part of a special ‘More Cops. More Stops.’ enforcement blitz which will run Jan. 25 through Feb. 3.

More than 700 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in Tennessee motor vehicle crashes during 2011 and 57 percent were not wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes.

Alcohol and speeding were also deadly. In 2011, 27 percent of Tennessee’s fatalities involved drivers or motorcycle operators with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, and 23 percent of all Tennesseans killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were involved in a speed-related crash.

“While you may think this nightmare could never happen to you, the fact remains that failure to wear a seat belt, drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving are killing Tennesseans every single day,” said Moore County deputy Shane Taylor. “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 send the public a strong reminder to drive safely and to save more lives on Tennessee roadways.”

Teens and young adults across the country continue to be among those most at risk due to risky behaviors. Research and fatal crash statistics show that young adult males, ages 18 to 34, are the most likely to practice high-risk behaviors while driving, such as drinking and driving, and not wearing seat belts.

Read the complete story in this week’s (Jan. 31) print edition of The Moore County News(Click here to subscribe to the print or online edition of The Moore County News)