Two local law enforcement agencies brought home awards Friday from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office’s 15th annual Lifesavers/Law Enforcement Challenge conference in Murfreesboro.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office placed third among offices with 101-200 sworn officers.
Traffic Safety Deputy Josh Riggle accepted the award on behalf of the department.
The Maryville Police Department also placed third, for agencies with 46 to 75 officers.
The agencies were judged on a variety of 2018 traffic safety initiatives and statistics, including policies and guidelines on seat belt usage; speed enforcement; impaired driving; training of officers; public information and education in the areas of occupant protection, child safety seat initiatives, public awareness related to distracted driving, and other traffic initiatives; and enforcement activity.
Fifty-five agencies competed this year, including 10 from East Tennessee.
BCSO has competed yearly since 2003, according to information provided by the office, and works closely with THSO and the National Highway Transportation Administration, by way of educational resources and grant funding to place additional deputies on roadways during nights and weekends to be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
BCSO also uses a grant to place extra deputies an the area of U.S. Highway 129 known as the “Dragon” to curb speeding and reckless driving.