Alcohol is a factor in 35 percent of crashes in the United States. This national campaign, adopted by the governor’s Highway Safety Office, focuses on reducing impaired driving and its effects, such as injuries, fatalities, and associated economic losses. “Booze It & Lose It” utilizes public service messages and increased law enforcement efforts to accomplish its goal. The UTPD understands the dangers of drinking and driving and participates in this campaign to help reduce the risks to our university community.
Every hour, at least one person in the United States dies because they didn’t buckle up. Failure to use a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior. More than 70 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Tennessee were not wearing seat belts. The UTPD participates with the governor’s Highway Safety Office in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign to help educate our community on the necessity of using seat belts.
Safe-T Begins with Me
The “Safe-T Begins with Me” campaign is aimed at educating and motivating the UT community on measures that can be taken to increase safety on the roadways in and around the UT campus. Monitoring the speed of motorists on UT roadways; educating students to the importance of alcohol moderation and the dangers of drinking and how it affects driving abilities and reaction time; enforcing laws regarding pedestrian safety; and encouraging a commitment to not text and drive are the main focus of the UTPD.