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If you have any particular traffic safety concerns/tips or problems with signals, signs, etc, please to contact us.


More than 41,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes each year and over two million more suffer disabling injuries.

Traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day, yet many of us are unaware of night driving's special hazards or don't know effective ways to deal with them.

Every 30 minutes someone dies in an alcohol-related crash. Young drivers are at particular risk to be involved in alcohol-related crashes.

Alcohol is a factor in 6% of all traffic crashes, and over 40% of all fatal crashes.

37% of drivers have nodded off for at least a moment or fallen asleep while driving at least once in their driving career - 8% have done so in the past six months.

Statistics show that in two-vehicle fatal crashes involving as older and a younger driver, it is 3.1 times as likely that the vehicle driven by the older person will be struck. In 27% of these two-vehicle fatal crashes the older driver was turning left.

On any given day, 20% of seniors are driving under the effects of benxodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Librium and others). These medications can seriously decrease your ability to drive safely, as can many others.

Car accidents are more dangerous for seniors than for younger people. A person 65 or older who is involved in a car accident is more likely to be seriously hurt more likely to require hospitalization, and more likely to die than a younger people involved in the same crash. In particular, fatal crash rates rise sharply after a driver has reached the age of 70.

More than 3,800 young drivers in the 15 - 20 age group are killed every year in traffic crashes. More than 326,000 young drivers are injured.

14% of all deaths due to motor vehicle accidents are teen drivers. About 30% of the crashes killing young drivers involve alcohol.

Of teen drivers fatally injured in automobiles, more than 1/3 were speed related accidents.

Teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be the cause of their accidents.

People age 16 - 19 have the highest traffic-related fatality rate of any age group.

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of disability and spinal cord injuries among youth.

Helpful Links!


Teen Drivers:
National Highway Traffic Safety
Child Development Institute
National Safety Council
Driver's Ed Guru

Senior Drivers:

Senior Drivers
Help guide

All Drivers:
Defensive Driving Tips

Driver Fatigue Tips
Night Driving Tips
Driving in the Rain
Drunk Driving Facts
Safety Tips
Otto Club Safety Tips

Test Your Driving IQ


Vehicles are designed to seat a certain number of occupants. Please consult your owners manual to see how many people your vehicle can safely seat.

We all like to accessorize our vehicles, just make sure you are
not impeding your visibility.

You should have all passengers sitting properly in their seats with seat belts buckled.

Watch for objects in the road.

Tailgaiting - BAD!

Road Rage - VERY BAD!

Be watchful of slower moving traffic.

When driving you should be concentrating on the road, not using a cell phone, putting on make-up or reading.

Be vigilant at railroad crossings and observe the signals.

Slow down and stop in school zones. Watch for children crossing the road or playing.

Never drive through flooded streets.

Remember the road is not a race track and you do not have to "out fly" everyone you see.

Date Published: January 5, 2005
Kingsport police begin weekly series of traffic tips
Author: J.H. OSBORNE

KINGSPORT - If you're driving right now, you shouldn't be reading this - or doing much anything else either, besides driving. "The biggest thing is pay attention," said Kingsport Police Department Sgt. Joe Earles. "You could avoid a lot of accidents if you just pay attention."

The Kingsport Police Department launched a yearlong public awareness campaign Wednesday to draw attention to 52 tips for safer driving. The campaign comes on the heels of a record number of traffic-related deaths in the city in 2004.

Police plan to release a safe driving tip weekly for the rest of 2005. Then they'll start the 52-week cycle again.

The Times-News plans to publish each week's tip on page 1B of the newspaper every Sunday, beginning with Tip #2 on Jan. 9. Tip #1 was released Wednesday and is depicted in a graphic accompanying this article.

Earles and Patrolman Thomas Patton, the KPD's community relations officer, said all the tips in the series are designed to be simple and to the point. Both officers, like Police Chief Mark Addington a day earlier, stressed the importance of paying attention while behind the wheel. "If I could say there's one trend identified ... it's a lack of attention to safe driving by the motoring public," Addington said when talking about 2004 traffic accidents. "When you're driving, you are going to do other things," Patton said. "But the driving part needs to always be your primary function. It can't come second. That's the number one responsibility."

Topics of upcoming traffic safety tips range from required stopping when a school bus is stopped in oncoming lanes to not stopping for oncoming funeral processions. Failure to stop for school buses while children are being dropped off is a common problem, Patton said. "Most people stop on a two-lane road," Patton said. "But what they don't understand is ... if there is no median, even if a school bus in on the other side of a six-lane roadway like Stone Drive - you have to stop." Another tip topic: Stop signs mean stop, not tapping the brakes.

The public awareness effort is just one of several steps taken by the KPD in recent months to address safer driving. Others include restaffing a traffic squad created in 1997 and re-establishing a traffic safety committee. T he traffic squad - a four-officer unit whose daily mission is traffic enforcement and crash investigation - was nearly dismantled last year after a significant reduction in manpower due to retirements, officers finding better-paying jobs, and officers leaving the field altogether. Since the unit was fully restaffed in early November, the city experienced its longest stretch of time without any fatal crashes.

Earles said the committee has identified high-volume intersections and asked patrol officers to spend as much time as possible at those locations when they're between calls, and officers will continue to maintain a presence in school zones as well.
Long-term goals of the committee include additional officers on the traffic unit.


To view the '52 Weeks of Tips' click the link below. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file.

52 Weeks of Tips

Top Ten Reasons to Drive Safely  
10. You don't want to be a joke on one of those "Real things people write on accident reports", i.e.
9. You don't want to be "fodder" for talk around the water cooler.
8. You don't want to be the object of some ones'"rubbernecking".
7. You don't want to have to drive a crappy rental while yours is in the shop.
6. You don't want to spend the day filing insurance claims and getting repair estimates.
5. You don't want to drive around with the evidence of your ignorance for the world to see.
4. You don't want to get a ticket.
3. You don't want to go to court.
2. You don't want to experience the wrath of a MADD mother.
And the #1 reason to drive safely....
1. You DO want to dance at your kids' wedding!
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