Cookeville police chief Bob Terry says drunk driving, speeding, and failure to wear seatbelts have become a deadly combination in Cookeville this year, and also says fatalities are up statewide. He says that while not all of those have been alcohol or speed related, many of them could have been prevented by simply buckling a seatbelt. That's why the Cookeville Police Department announced today they will be joining with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and other agencies across the county this holiday season to ensure motorists reach their destinations safely.
“Our message is simple. Always wear your seatbelt, drive the speed limit and don’t drink and drive” said Terry. “If motorists will take just a moment and think about these things before they get behind the wheel of a car, there would be less injuries and fatalities should a crash occur.”
Driving without a seatbelt is illegal in Tennessee. Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. And although fatalities were at a record low last year across the state, this year has proved to be different. Statewide fatalities are up by 53.
“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said Chief Terry. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses."
The Cookeville Police Department in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, and other law enforcement agencies is planning some high visibility patrols in problem areas throughout the city over the holiday period. And Terry says the Department is urging everyone to buckle up and drive smart and enjoy the holidays.