SHPD Seat Belt Enforcement During “Click it or Ticket”

SPRING HILL, TN – As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, the SPRING HILL POLICE DEPT. is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From May 24 through June 6, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.

Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car, but it’s more than that. Buckling up is the LAW.

Our law enforcement officers see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), 403 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This represents approximately 33 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2020.

According to NHTSA, in 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing seat belts. That’s why one focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations both day and night.

For more information about seat belt safety, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

(Subject Identified) Male Wanted for Questioning After Engaging in Lewd Act in Department Store

Picture of subject was removed due to identification

(Previous) Spring Hill, TN- The Spring Hill Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the above male. The male entered a local department store on May 13th at approximately 5:45 PM, went to the women’s underwear section, sniffed a pair of underwear, and then performed a solo lewd act while still in the same clothing section. A store employee observed this action and the male exited the store prior to officers arriving on scene.

National Police Week May 9th -15th 2021

What is National Police Week?

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community. The principal organizers of National Police Week include:

  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which produces the annual Candlelight Vigil.
    Phone: 202.737.3400 | vigil@nleomf.org
  • Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.
    www.policeweek.org
  • Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which holds the National Police Survivors’ Conference.
    Phone: (573) 346-4911| cops@nationalcops.org

We pay respect to those fallen Tennessee law enforcement officers who lost their lives while serving their communities in 2020:

Captain Anthony T. Jackson | Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Captain Anthony T. Jackson

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, TN

EOW: Friday, December 25, 2020

Cause of Death: COVID19

Police Officer Bobby Rodriguez Montgomery | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Bobby Rodriguez Montgomery

Memphis Police Department, TN

EOW: Sunday, August 16, 2020

Cause of Death: COVID19

Police Officer Destin S. Legieza | Brentwood Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Destin S. Legieza

Brentwood Police Department, TN

EOW: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Correctional Deputy Jeremy D. Smith | Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Correctional Deputy Jeremy D. Smith

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, TN

EOW: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Cause of Death: COVID19

Williamson County Crime Stoppers Fundraiser on May 5th-6th

Crime Stoppers is made up of a board of civilian volunteers coordinated through the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Division. It serves all the communities in Williamson County including. Franklin, Fairview, Nolensville, College Grove, Triune, Arlington, Thompson Station and Spring Hill.

Crime Stoppers can be extremely beneficial in combating the crime problem. It is an effective resource in which private citizens join together with law enforcement to solve difficult crimes. 

Often citizens do not contact the police with information that could help solve a crime out of fear that if they reveal their own identity they would expose themselves or their family to acts of retaliation by the criminal. 

Crime Stoppers of Williamson County is locally funded, and depends on donations. This is a great way for citizens to for them to support law enforcement and help reduce crime in your community. The Big Payback officially kicks off at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 5 and runs through 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 6. Donations can be made through the this link during that timeframe.

Traffic Stop Results in Stolen Gun Recovery and Arrests

Spring Hill, TN – On 4/29/21 at 1:34 PM a SHPD Traffic Unit officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Duplex Rd. and Hughes St. for a traffic law violation. The vehicle’s registration also showed that the registered owner had an outstanding arrest warrant. A second officer arrived on scene a short time later. As the officers were speaking with the two occupants the driver fled the area on foot. Officers kept a visual on the subject and observed him run into the field in the area of Duplex Rd. and Harrison Way. Other officers responded from both SHPD and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. The subject was located in the field a short time later and was apprehended without incident. A handgun determined to be stolen from the city of Columbia, TN was located in the vehicle along with suspected narcotics. Both occupants will face criminal charges.

Live Grenade Found at Construction Site

Spring Hill- On April 21st at about 1:20 PM SHPD Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Sercy Drive (new construction in the area of Duplex Rd and Port Royal Rd) to a report of a grenade that was found laying on top of the ground. SHPD and SHFD created a perimeter around the device. Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) from Fort Campbell was contacted and responded. The grenade was x-rayed and found to be a live grenade. The grenade was taken by EOD soldiers to Ft Campbell for disposal.

SPRING HILL POLICE DEPT. PROMOTES “SLOW DOWN TENNESSEE” TO REDUCE SPEEDING-RELATED CRASHES

SPRING HILL, TN – Spring Hill Police Dept. has partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” During April 16 – 30, Spring Hill Police Dept. will increase education, awareness, and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide.

The State of Tennessee requires motorists to always exercise due care and maintain a safe speed while driving. Speed limits may vary depending on the county and road conditions; therefore, drivers must always pay attention and adhere to posted speed limits to ensure the safety of all roadway users. 

For more information about speeding, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/slow.

SPRING HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES “HANDS FREE TENNESSEE” DURING NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

SPRING HILL, TN – Spring Hill Police Dept. has partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Hands Free Tennessee” during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Throughout the month of April, Spring Hill Police Dept. will increase education and enforcement to reduce distracted-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

The Spring Hill Police Dept. will be saturating congested areas to enforce the #handsfreeTN law. 

WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in activities that divert the driver’s attention away from the road. There are three forms of distracted driving: cognitivevisual, and manual. Cell phone use while driving is extremely dangerous because it involves all three forms of distracted driving.

  1. Cognitive distraction occurs when the driver’s mind is not focused on driving. Examples include talking to passengers in the vehicle, thinking about stressful issues, or listening to loud music.
  1. Visual distraction occurs when the driver is not focused on looking at the road ahead. Examples include looking for items around the vehicle, looking down at a GPS device, or watching a movie/video on a mobile phone.
  1. Manual distraction occurs when the driver takes one or both hands off the wheel for any reason. Examples include eating food or drinking beverages, reaching backwards, or handling a mobile device.

HANDS FREE TENNESSEE


According to Public Chapter No. 412, it is illegal for a driver to:

(a) hold a cellphone or mobile device with any part of their body,

(b) write, send, or read any text-based communication,

(c) reach for a cellphone or mobile device in a manner that requires the driver to no longer be in a seated driving position or properly restrained by a seat belt,

(d) watch a video or movie on a cellphone or mobile device, and

(e) record or broadcast video on a cellphone or mobile device.


HELPFUL TIPS

Here are a few tips to help you plan ahead, so you remain focused and alert while driving.

  1. Put your mobile phone away. 
    Pull over if you need to make a phone call or send a text message. Never use a mobile device while driving. A hands-free device is safer to use, but the driver should still exercise caution and remain focused on the road.
  1. Set your GPS in advance.
    Program your GPS navigation before you leave the driveway. If you need to adjust your GPS, then pull over. Never operate GPS navigation while driving.
  2. Safely secure child passengers and pets.
    Make sure all passengers are properly secured before you begin driving. If child passengers or pets become disruptive within the vehicle, then pull over to address the disruptions.
  3. Eat beforehand.
    Make time in your schedule to eat before your trip. Never eat behind the wheel.

Warmer Weather = More Bicycles on the Road

Since the weather is getting nicer, more and more bicyclists will be integrating with the motoring public. We would like to remind motorists that you must give at least 3 feet of space when passing a bicycle. We would like to remind bicyclists that you are treated like a vehicle and must obey traffic laws such as stopping for stop signs. More information can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/tdot/multimodal-transportation-resources/bicycle-and-pedestrian-program/tennesse-bicycle-laws.html

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The month of April is nationally recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote the 4th Annual Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving campaign during this month. Agencies across the state will participate in the campaign by promoting safe driving habits and increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

Each year in Tennessee there are approximately 25,000 traffic crashes were distracted driving was a contributing factor. Some of those crashes are fatal.

Please review these tips in order to plan ahead and remain focused and alert will driving.:

  1. Put your mobile phone away.Pull over, if you need to make a phone call or send a text message. Never use a mobile device while driving. A hands-free device is safer to use, but the driver should still exercise caution and remain focused on the road.
  2. Set your GPS in advance.Program your GPS navigation before you leave the driveway. If you need to adjust your GPS, then pull over. Never operate GPS navigation while driving.
  3. Safely secure child passengers and pets.Make sure all passengers are properly secured before you begin driving. If child passengers or pets become disruptive within the vehicle, then pull over to address the disruptions.
  4. Eat beforehand.Make time in your schedule to eat before your trip. Never eat behind the wheel.