Drunk driving, speeding and failure to wear seatbelts has become a deadly combination in Tennessee and DeKalb County. This year fatalities are up statewide. While not all of those have been alcohol or speed related many of them could have been prevented by simply buckling a seatbelt.
That is why Sheriff Patrick Ray has announced today the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department will be joining with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol and other agencies across the county this holiday season to ensure motorists reach their destinations safely.
Sheriff Ray says “Our message is simple. Always wear your seatbelt, drive the speed limit and don’t drink and drive. If motorists will take just a moment and think about these things before they get behind the wheel of a car, there would be less injuries and fatalities should a crash occur.”
“All it takes is a couple of seconds to buckle your seatbelt,” said Clint Shrum Law Enforcement Liaison for the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. “If people would take this one simple and easy step before they operate a vehicle we could easily reduce our fatalities by half.”
Driving without a seatbelt is illegal in Tennessee. Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. Although fatalities were at a record low last year across the state, this year has proved to be different. Statewide fatalities are up by 53.
Sheriff Ray also said that “Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Governor’s Highway Safety Office and other law enforcement agencies is planning high visibility patrols in problem areas throughout the county over the holiday period. Sheriff Ray iis urging everyone to buckle up and drive smart and enjoy the holidays.
14 year old Lauren Elizabeth Colwell captured the Fall Fest Crown Saturday night during the annual pageant at the DeKalb County High School gym. The event is sponsored by the Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club.
Sixteen young ladies competed for the title.
Colwell,daughter of Trent and Christie Colwell of Smithville succeeds the retiring Fall Fest queen, 16 year old Victoria Dawn Tatrow of Smithville, daughter of Vickie and Corey Funk and the late Shanna Tatrow.
Meanwhile, Camry Lou Colvert White was named Miss Congeniality of the pageant. She is the daughter of Steve and Lou Ann White of Smithville.
First runner-up in the pageant was 16 year old Jasmine Marie Dimas, daughter of Lynda Hamilton of Smithville.
Alyssa Perri Carter was second runner-up. She is the 17 year old daughter of Lindi and Stephen Carter of Smithville
15 year old Zoe Elaine Whaley, daughter of Celia and Scott Whaley, was the third runner-up
Fourth runner-up went to 16 year old Katie Sue Haggard, daughter of David and Vicki Haggard of Smithville.
Others in the top ten were Kristen LaCole Smartt, the 17 year old daughter of Aaron and Paula Taylor of Dowelltown and Leslie and Dedra Smartt; Kami Denise Bogle, the 14 year old daughter of Amy Dobbs and Chris Bogle of Dowelltown; Jessica Dianne Ball, the 16 year old daughter of Donny and Mary Lou Ball; Taneah Brooke Cantrell, the 14 year old daughter of Scott and Tammy Cantrell of Smithville; and Camry Lou Colvert White, the 17 year old daughter of Steve and Lou Ann White of Smithville.
Others in the pageant were Katelyn Lou Ann Goodwin, the 17 year old daughter of Joe and Kathy Goodwin of Smithville; Ashlee Michelle Whitehead, the 16 year old daughter of Keneth and Tina Whitehead of Smithville; Macie LeeAnna Bouldin, the 16 year old daughter of Mason and Renea Bouldin of Smithville; Makayla Shea Funk, the 15 year old daughter of Amie Funk of Dowelltown; Christian Janette Atnip, the 16 year old daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville; and Shauna Faith Taylor, the 15 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.
(Top Photo: Fall Fest Queen Lauren Elizabeth Colwell)
(Second from Top: Left to Right- 3rd runner-up Zoe Elaine Whaley; 1st runner-up Jasmine Marie Dimas; Fall Fest Queen Lauren Elizabeth Colwell; second runner-up Alyssa Perri Carter; and 4th runner-up Katie Sue Haggard)
(Bottom Photo: Miss Congeniality Camry Lou Colvert White)