The Gallatin Police Department employs several officers with specific expertise in traffic safety and traffic laws. While all officers assigned to the Field Operations Unit regularly enforce traffic laws throughout the City of Gallatin, certain officers have been specially trained in vehicle crash reconstruction and investigation. Throughout the year, officers with experience and knowledge in traffic safety conduct presentations to community groups and classes on a wide range of traffic-related issues: from the proper installation of child safety seats for parents expecting a newborn child to the education of teenagers on the rules of the road.
When vehicle crashes involving serious injury to people or property occur, or someone dies in a vehicle crash, the Gallatin Police Department activates its Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident. Comprised of officers with specialized training in vehicle crash reconstruction and investigation, as well as investigators from the Investigations Unit, the Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team looks thoroughly at each fatal crash and conducts investigations that are similar to investigations conducted when someone is thought to have been murdered or died under suspicious circumstances. Regardless of the time of day or night, the Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team stands ready to respond to a serious vehicle crash in the City of Gallatin.
The Gallatin Police Department currently monitors vehicle crashes within two Traffic Safety Corridors: Highway 31E between North Water Avenue and Lock 4 Road and Highway 25 between Highway 31E and Steamplant Road. Based on previous vehicle crashes, these two stretches of road have been found to have more vehicle crashes than any other stretches of road in the City of Gallatin. As a result, Gallatin police officers focus their enforcement actions on these two areas in an effort to raise the attention of motorists as well as to reduce vehicle crashes in the areas.
All officers in the Gallatin Police Department remain dedicated to the work of reducing vehicle crashes in the City of Gallatin. Whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a marked or unmarked patrol car, officers regularly enforce traffic laws and ordinances in an effort to stop dangerous and unlawful drivers from possibly causing damage to others' property or hurting people as well.
The following websites are provided to give the reader more information about traffic safety issues, such as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs (DUI) and seatbelt safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website provides the reader with a wealth of information regarding traffic safety issues. From child safety seats and seat belts to tire safety and vehicle safety, the NHTSA website offers information in formats that are readable for adults, as well as children.
This link will connect the reader to the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office (GHSO). This website provides useful links to other important traffic safety programs, as well as educates the reader on traffic safety programs taking place in the State of Tennessee. The Gallatin Police Department maintains a working relationship with the GHSO on a wide range of traffic-related issues.
This website offers the reader valuable information about the State of Tennessee's "Click It or Ticket" program. The program, which began in May of 2002, strives to raise seat belt usage rates in Tennessee. The Gallatin Police Department strongly supports the "Click It or Ticket" program and continually stresses the importance of seat belt usage throughout the year.
This website offers the reader information on recalled child safety seats. Sponsored by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the site is updated regularly when the Department receives information on any recalled child safety seat.
This link will connect the reader to the State of Tennessee's website on the Driver Handbook and Driver License Study Guide. Individual chapters or the whole book can be downloaded for review and printing.