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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
E-mail Capt. Plotzer

Contact Us

Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Programs Lieutenant by District

Lt. Stacey Heatherly

Lt. Stacey Heatherly
865-594-5800 Office
865-594-5812 Fax
E-mail Lt. Heatherly

Sgt. Alan Bailey

Sgt. Alan Bailey
423-634-6890 Office
423-821-0722 Fax
E-mail Sgt. Bailey

Lt. Charles Caplinger

Lt. Charles Caplinger
615-741-2060 Office
615-741-4975 Fax
E-Mail Lt. Caplinger

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. Raymond Gaskill

Lt. Raymond Gaskill
931-528-8496  Office
931-528-9185 Fax
E-mail Lt. Gaskill

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


Featured Programs

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.


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).