THP cracks down on seat belt violators

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has started a new operation in an effort to get people to wear their seat belt. “You get into an accident, and someone doesn’t use their seat belt, they have a multitude of issues they have to deal with, you have people getting injured, or people thrown from a vehicle,” said Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the THP.

The operation is called “Seat Belt Blitz,” and is was conceived to saved lives. “So many people could survive car crashes if they had their seat belt on. I’ve seen crashes that are not survivable but, I’ve seen so many crashes where people wouldn’t be injured if they had their seat belt on,” said Wilbanks.

Many Jackson residents are in full support of the new operation. Troy Tate, who is a safety coordinator at a major auto plant says it’s something that needs to happen. “I think it’s a good thing, a big portion of their job is ensuring safety. and if everybody is wearing their seat belt, it’s one less thing they have to worry about.”

The operation led to over 100 stops, resulting in 128 citations.

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