During the month of June, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office conducted several traffic enforcement operations throughout the county. Operations were held from Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening, during peak travel times. During these peak times, there were 2 alcohol related fatalities in 2015. The enforcement operations were in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office “Click It or Ticket” campaign throughout the State of Tennessee. By placing additional patrol units on the roadways it increases visibility and hopefully decreases the odds of speeding, DUI drivers and the number of motor vehicle crashes.
During the operations, law enforcement officers issued 79 Tickets and warnings. These citations were issued for violations including: Speeding, Child Restraint Law, No Seatbelt, Texting While Driving, Vehicle Registration, Stop Sign violations, Drivers License Violations and Equipment Violations.
3 arrests were made during the operations for DUI, Financial Responsibility, Seatbelt Violations, Open Containers Violations, Reckless Driving Violations, Registration Violations, Child Neglect, and Driving on Revoked/Suspended License. Arrested during the operations were:
- Arturo S Chagala (28)— 1751 Randolph Rd Burlison, Tn–DUI 1st, Open Container, Implied Consent, Reckless Driving, Deriving Left of Center, Financial Responsibility, Seat Belt Violation, Misuse of Registration.
- Melissa Finley (33)- 1726 Cucado Rd Atoka, Tn– Driving on Revoked/Suspended License, Improper Display, Financial Responsibility.
- Ian Stiles (26)- 305 Christian Dr Ripley, Tn– DUI 1st, Exercise Due Care, Child Neglect
“During these times we want to have these extra enforcement operations so we can put more patrol cars on the roadways of our county”, said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley, “When we have more deputies out to enforce traffic violations it makes people think twice about speeding, remembering to “buckle up” and to not drink and drive. “Our main objective is to save lives and reduce traffic crashes. Last year during the month of June we suffered 2 fatal crashes and this year our goal of no fatal crashes was accomplished. These efforts are aided by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) with additional funding that allows us to continue these operations so our roadways remain as safe as possible. Without the assistance from the THSO many of our operations would not be possible”. added Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley.
This article originally appeared as a press release from Tipton County Sheriff's Office.