THP grant to boost BELTS

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol has received $100,000 in traffic safety grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The THP will use the money to provide increased enforcement and public awareness campaigns in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on state roadways in 2018.

The THP continues to target seat belt usage across the state. The BELTS program will provide funding to allow state troopers to enhance the current seat belt usage rate of 88.5 percent.

Statistical data indicates that unrestrained fatalities are most likely to occur on Fridays and Saturdays.

Goals of the “BELTS” program include:

• Conduct monthly seat belt checkpoints in each of the eight THP Districts;

• Each district will participate in the 12 statewide seat belt blitzes scheduled;

• Reducing the number of unrestrained drivers in fatal and injury crashes by 5 percent;

• Increasing the seat belt usage rate by 2.5 percent.