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Tennessee and Georgia Team Up for Hands Across the Border

Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 05:12am

NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across Tennessee and bordering states to reduce roadway fatalities through enforcement and education.  The GHSO will join Tennessee and Georgia law enforcement agencies for a Click It or Ticket enforcement blitz on Friday, June 1, 2012.  The agencies will have media availability Friday evening at 6:00 pm EDT (5:00 pm CDT) at the First Tennessee Pavilion with the enforcement event at Rossville Blvd at the State Line.


WHO:       Clint Shrum - Law Enforcement Liaison, Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office

                  Richard Holt - Law Enforcement Liaison, Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office

                  Captain Charles Lowery, Jr. - Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

                Sgt. Toby Hewitt - Chattanooga Police Department

                Captain David McGill - Tennessee Highway Patrol

                Lt. Gary McConathy - Fort Oglethorpe Police Department

                Vernon Dolberry - Alabama Office of Highway Safety


WHAT:     Tennessee/Georgia Hands Across the Border Press Conference


WHEN:    Friday, June 1, 2012

                  Press Conference: 6:00 pm (EDT), 5:00 pm (CDT)

                  Enforcement: 8:00 pm (EDT), 7:00 pm (CDT)


WHERE:  First Tennessee Pavilion

                  1826 Carter Street

                  Chattanooga, TN



Safety advocates created the Hands Across the Border campaign in 1991 to bring about more awareness of safety belt and child safety seat use across the southeastern states.  Participating state and local enforcement agencies sponsor education and community outreach events and provide motorists with literature about the dangers of drunk driving, as well as the importance of safety belt and proper child safety seat use.  Law enforcement officials are buckling down on those not buckled up this summer and will show zero tolerance for anyone caught speeding, driving impaired or not wearing a safety belt.

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