The Dickson Police Department is creating a Traffic Division with four officers — including two on new Harley-Davidson motorcycles purchased by the city.
The department’s two new motorcycles debuted May 4 as officers Jerry Sumerour and Donta Daniel led the Old Timers Day Parade. They are expected to begin patrols in October after they complete a motorcycle training program.
The division is already operating in patrol cars with officer Zach McCay. Dickson Police Department Chief Jeff Lewis expects to name the fourth member of the Traffic Division soon. The Traffic Division has been added to the department’s Patrol Division under the supervision of Capt. Donny Arnold.
“The new Traffic Division is already making a difference through concentrated enforcement,” Lewis said. “The Traffic Division officers work flexible shifts that allow them to concentrate on times and areas where the data shows a high number of traffic accidents occur.”
According to the latest data from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, the number of crashes in Dickson County has risen from 1,282 in 2014 to 1,642 in 2017. Fatal crashes more than doubled from six in 2014 to 15 in 2017. The number of children involved in crashes grew from 202 in 2014 to 242 in 2016.
Lewis said the motorcycles will give the division higher visibility and more agility in traffic enforcement. In addition to enforcing speed limits through radar detection, the new division will concentrate on reducing distracted driving. In 2015, distracted driving was listed as a contributing factor in 138 (8.69 percent) of the crashes in Dickson County, according to THSO.
“As a regional center for shopping, entertainment and employment, we attract drivers from across Middle Tennessee. Almost 30,000 vehicles travel Highway 46 every day,” Dickson Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr said. “As part of our continuing efforts to improve traffic in and around the City of Dickson, I believe traffic law enforcement will reduce accidents and save lives.”