Bradley County Sheriff’s Office To Increase Patrols For Last Weekend Before Christmas

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Capt. W.G. Campbell announced on Wednesday plans to increase patrols throughout the county this weekend to deter serious injury and fatal crashes.


Capt. Campbell, who supervises the traffic unit, said the effort encompasses traffic unit personnel as well as the entire patrol division.  Some deputies will be compensated for overtime hours by a state grant the sheriff’s office was awarded for the enforcement initiative.  


“Bradley County has the opportunity to end the year with the fewest number of traffic fatalities in more than 20 years if we can get everyone to be careful and obey traffic laws,” Capt. Campbell said.  “Last year we lost 24 people in traffic crashes. As we head into the last weekend before Christmas the fatality count for this year stands at seven.”  


Statistics going back to 1994 show Bradley County recorded ten fatalities in the years of 1995, 1999 and 2005.  Those years reflect the lowest number of roadway deaths during the period.


Capt. Campbell said that deputies will saturate the county targeting aggressive and reckless driving, speeding, and driving impaired.     


Distracted driving is another factor in many serious vehicle crashes that will be a part of the enforcement initiative, Capt. Campbell noted.


He said, “Everybody wants Santa to put lots of goodies in your stocking. Be safe and obey traffic laws, keep yourself off the naughty list, because we don’t want to put a lump of coal in your stocking in the form of a traffic citation.”  


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