The Tennessee Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and local partners held a press event at THP’s Knoxville Headquarters on Monday to promote the state’s first “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day.”
Tennessee participated in this nationwide awareness campaign by asking roadway users to exercise all aspects of traffic safety in order to help prevent fatal traffic crashes. THSO’s East Tennessee Law Enforcement Liaison Steve Dillard hosted the press event and introduced “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day.” Speakers included Colonel Tracey Trott of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Chief David Rausch of Knoxville Police Department, and Stephanie Milani, director of Public Affairs for AAA’s Auto Club Group.
“Yesterday, our hope was to spend one day without a single traffic-related death,” said Mr. Dillard. “Unfortunately, we’re facing more preventable tragedies. Our thoughts and prayers go out to families of the 778 lives lost on our roadways this year. It is our mission to educate as many people as possible to prevent heartaches like this.”