Clarksville, TN – On Thursday, December 8th, 2016, Clarksville Police Department Traffic Lt Phil Ashby along with some of his Traffic Unit personnel attended the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Statewide Night of Remembrance—Law Enforcement, Volunteer, and Community Awards Ceremony.
Due to their community involvement in providing our Clarksville youth (ages 15-19) with the Student Traffic Awareness Training (STAT) classes three times per year for the last several years, they were presented with the MADD Middle TN Outstanding Department Award.
Below is the release they submitted to the MADD Award Coordinators.
Based on the information in the release, showing the time spent educating Clarksville youth on the hazards that are on our roadways so that they can make safe and focused decisions while driving, the award coordinators made their decision that the CPD deserves this award.
2016 STAT Classes Ended in October: Why STAT Class is Important
For the past several years, Misty Mackens and the Clarksville Police Department’s Traffic Unit, with the assistance of Stephanie Rutherford and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni (CPAA), have hosted Student Traffic Awareness Training (STAT) classes for teens between the ages of 15 and 19.
There are usually three classes per year in the months of May, August, and October. The classes are held on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm and the classes are free to attend.
Each class covers the following driving issues:
1. – Speed Awareness
2. – Occupant Protection
3. – Underage alcohol prevention awareness
4. – Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
5. – Rules of the Road & Procedures
6. – Traffic Signs and Signals
7. – Tennessee Traffic Laws
8. – Driving Responsibly
9. – Driving Under the Influence
10. – Texting, talking and other distractions while driving
Did you know?
(Teen driver statistics and information):
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, study analyzed data of police?reported crashes of drivers aged 15?19, from 1994?2013 and found that:
- While the overall number of teen crashes are down, the majority of people killed (66%) and injured (67%) in crashes involving a teen driver are people other than the teen themselves
- Nearly 50 percent of those injured were in another vehicle; 17 percent were in the teen driver’s car; and 2 percent were non?motorists (i.e., pedestrian, bicyclist)
- Nearly 30 percent of those killed were in another car, 27 percent were the teen’s passenger and ten percent were non?motorists (i.e., pedestrians, bicyclist)
Another AAA Foundation article states that the top three issues with teen drivers are poor visual scanning (results of lack of experience behind the wheel), speeding, and the many distractions they are subject to, which include but are not limited to cell phones, drugs and alcohol, and teens driving with teen passengers.
Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for drivers aged 15?19.
Every class has been special to the teens that attended; however, the 2016 classes were a little different. In the classes this year, Stephanie Rutherford shared the stage with the man responsible for the drunk driving crash in 2011 that left her daughter paralyzed.
She and Kristopher Colbert, the at?fault driver in the crash, spoke to the teen drivers about what they both experienced after the tragedy and what has occurred since then. To learn more about this story and messages like this, send your teen drivers to one of our 2017 classes.
After classroom instruction, the students drive golf carts through an obstacle course with drunk goggles and while texting. They also attempt to complete field sobriety tests wearing the drunk goggles.
After attending this class, our hopes are that the students have a better idea of what the hazards are on our roadways and can make safe and focused decisions while driving.
CPD STAT Class may be one of the most important classes your teen will ever attend.
How do I sign my teen up for STAT Class?
Currently, the 2017 dates are not posted. The dates are expected to be set by March 2017. After the dates are set, applications will be available at Clarksville Police Headquarters, 135 Commerce Street.
You can also visit the following link: www.cityofclarksville.com/index.aspx?page=390