Shown, from left to right, are Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana Highway Patrol; Deputy Commissioner Larry Godwin; THP Chattanooga District Captain Jessie Brooks; Commissioner Bill Gibbons; THP Colonel Tracy Trott. Colonel Edmonson was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott has named the agency’s Chattanooga District as the 2013 District of the Year. THP’s Nashville District won the award last year and the Knoxville District took the honor in 2011.
“The Chattanooga District has a strong leadership team who utilize creative traffic safety enforcement plans and educational campaigns to help reduce serious injury crashes and traffic fatalities across the district. They were the first district to deploy the “No Zone” tractor trailer to identify and cite distracted drivers – a tool that was later used in other districts across the state,” Colonel Trott said. “Their overall traffic safety efforts make them deserving of this honor,” he added.
The Chattanooga District arrested 1,050 impaired drivers in 2013, a 47 percent increase over the number (714) arrested in 2012. They also saw a 22.3 percent decrease in traffic fatalities.
THP Chattanooga District Captain Jessie Brooks received a plaque and a Highway Patrol “District of the Year” flag, which will be presented to next year’s recipient.
“We are excited to have received this award and honored to represent the Tennessee Highway Patrol as District of the Year. This would not have been possible without the tireless work of our administrative personnel, dispatchers and road troopers,” Captain Brooks said.