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Special Programs Unit


Charged with increasing public awareness of highway safety issues, the Special Programs Unit conducts a wide range of activities aimed at saving lives and reducing injuries on Tennessee roadways. Knowledgeable about numerous traffic safety topics and techniques, safety education lieutenants in each THP district are assigned to the Special Programs Unit to meet with schools, civic organizations, businesses, and others to improve highway safety throughout the state. If you would like to schedule a traffic safety related presentation to your group, please contact the safety education lieutenant in your district by clicking on the links below.

Captain Travis Plotzer

Safety Education Captain
Captain Travis Plotzer
615-743-4990 Office
615-253-2278 Fax
E-mail Capt. Plotzer

Contact Us

Tennessee Highway Patrol Safety Education Officers by District

Lt. Don Boshears

Lt. Don Boshears
865-594-5800 Office
865-594-5812 Fax
E-mail Lt. Boshears

Lt. John Harmon

Lt. John Harmon
423-634-6890 Office
423-821-0722 Fax
E-mail Lt. Harmon

Lt. Travis Plotzer

Lt. Travis Plotzer
615-741-2060 Office
615-741-4975 Fax
E-Mail Lt. Plotzer

Lt. William Cary Hopkins

Lt. William Futrell
901-543-6255 Office
901-385-0177 Fax
E-mail Lt. Futrell

Lt. Rick Garrison

Lt. Rick Garrison
423-348-6144 ext. 5509 Office
423-348-7043 Fax
E-mail Lt. Garrison

Lt. Jimmy Neal

Lt. Jimmy Neal
931-528-8496 ext 6609 Office
931-528-9185 Fax
E-mail Lt. Neal

Lt. Christopher Dye

Lt. Christopher Dye
931-766-1425 Office
931-776-1429 Fax
E-mail Lt. Dye

Lt. Brad Wilbanks

Lt. Brad Wilbanks
731-423-6635 Office
731-664-5014 Fax
E-mail Lt. Wilbanks

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

THP is highly active in D.A.R.E. -- the international program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. 

The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by law enforcement officers whose training and experience provides them with the knowledge and insight to best address the topic with kids.  THP’s D.A.R.E. Troopers teach the program in schools statewide.  To schedule a D.A.R.E. presentation for your school, please contact the D.A.R.E. Trooper in your area listed below.

Additionally, THP’s D.A.R.E. Troopers provide all D.A.R.E. training for local law enforcement officers in Tennessee.  The basic training includes 80 hours of instruction.  For more information, please contact Sergeant Scott Staggs at 615-232-2901 or via email.

Sgt. Scott E. Staggs


Featured Programs

Tenny C. Bear
Meet Trooper Tenny C. Bear! While Tenny’s fellow Tennessee State Troopers patrol the roads keeping the people and communities of Tennessee safe, Trooper Tenny teaches people, especially kids, the important steps to take to protect themselves. From how to buckle up to boarding a school bus to child restraint instruction, Tenny’s goal is to save lives and prevent injuries.

Trooper Tenny travels all over Tennessee sharing important traffic safety messages. To have him make an appearance at an event, school assembly, or group presentation, contact Captain Brandon Douglas via email.

Ollie the Otter
Ollie Otter’s child booster seat safety program teaches Tennessee school kids child booster seat laws and regulations for car booster seat requirements in nation's first statewide seatbelt and booster seat education campaign.

Between the Barrels
Between the Barrels is a teen safety education program geared toward sophomores and juniors in high school.  The program includes a high-tech, interactive presentation designed to reduce the chances of young drivers being involved in dangerous work zone accidents.

Our Facebook Page
Facebook is a social network that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Please visit the Tennessee Department of Safety's Facebook page. Become a fan, link to practice driver license exams, learn safe driving tips and keep up with teen driving events in your area.

Driver Education Courses (Traffic Schools)

Information For Instructors and Schools: Instructions for Certification and List of Approved Schools, can be found at Driver Education Courses (Traffic Schools).