Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 28, 2012

Governor's Highway Safety Office announces New Year holiday saturation


CROSSVILLE — The Governor’s Highway Safety Office will join law enforcement from the Cumberland Plateau region to synchronize traffic enforcement efforts between state and local agencies in an effort to maximize efficiency and effectiveness through the New Year holiday.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 28 and continuing through the New Year, 85 agencies in 27 counties across the Cumberland region will focus their enforcement efforts on impaired and aggressive driving, speeding and other traffic violations. The “No Refusal Enforcement” focus will be in Hamilton, Marion, Overton and Cumberland Counties.

The crackdown will cover Hwy 111 & 127. The counties participating in the enforcement event are Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Pickett, Overton, Putnam, White and Van Buren.

The Jesse Rayford and Vada Elam Memorial DUI Enforcement Event was started to honor the memory of Jesse Rayford and Vada Elam who were killed by an impaired driver in Warren County on July 7, 2008. Mr. and Mrs. Elam were returning home from watching their grandchildren play baseball when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. The couple were killed instantly at the intersection of Manchester and Hwy 287. The defendant was sentenced to 30 years.