KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Participates in Multi-Jurisdictional Traffic Enforcement Initiative

Kingsport Police Department

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Participates in Multi-Jurisdictional Traffic Enforcement Initiative
DATE: May 2, 2016
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On Friday, April 29, 2016, five area law enforcement agencies teamed up for a multi-jurisdictional traffic safety enforcement initiative. From 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM, law enforcement officers from the Kingsport Police Department, the Mount Carmel Police Department, the Church Hill Police Department, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol saturated the Eastern end of Hawkins County which includes the Western most portion of the City of Kingsport.

While the primary emphasis of this initiative was seatbelt enforcement, numerous other traffic laws were witnessed and enforced as well. In just three hours, the officers involved observed a grand total of 256 violations resulting in the appropriate charges being placed. A summary of the violations can be found listed below:

1) Seatbelt Violation: 136

2) Child Passenger Safety Seat Violations: 4

3) Speeding: 32

4) Reckless Driving: 2

5) Move Over Law Violation: 5

6) Texting While Driving: 1

7) Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device: 4

8) Driver License Violations: 11

9) Driving on a Suspended License: 3

10) Violation of Registration: 13

11) No Insurance: 35

12) Equipment Violation: 9

13) Local Arrest Warrant: 1

In the State of Tennessee, a violation of the seatbelt law is considered a primary offense, meaning that if an officer observes a motorist not wearing a seatbelt, the officer may stop and cite the motorist for the seatbelt violation without observing any other offenses. But fear of getting a ticket should not really be the main reason we choose to buckle up.

Driving or riding in an automobile is probably the most dangerous thing most people do all day. Wearing a seatbelt can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus literally walking away from the crash with minor injuries or completely unscathed. The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit