Over the past two years Traffic fatalities have gone down in Tennessee, according to statistics. Two new laws are getting some credit in reducing the fatalities. One is the new lower minimum blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent for drunken drivers and the second is a law which allows police officers to pull over motorists who aren’t wearing seatbelts.
It is amazing the impact these two factors have on fatality accidents. It is also interesting how simple it is to put on a seatbelt but so many of us forget. In fact, after dropping my son off at school last week a policemen pulled me over because I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt. I felt so dumb thinking about all of the devastating accident cases my office has handled where peoples injuries were exacerbated because that did not use their seatbelt. So I encourage all of you to take those extra few seconds to buckle up.