Hamer and Jackson Honored for Vehicular Safety Efforts in the Medical District

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Officers Marquis Jackson (left) and James Hamer were honored by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for their dedication and commitment to vehicular safety in the Memphis Medical District. (Photo by Albert Smith/UTHSC)

Officers James Hamer and Marquis Jackson of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Campus Police Department were honored by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for commitment and dedication to vehicular safety in the Memphis Medical District.

“These individuals went over and beyond during their daily duties to ensure our campus, faculty, students, and staff’s safety on the road,” said Sergeant Joanne Morrow. “They exemplified what the department stands for. This is just one example of how constant reinforcement and encouragement can influence individuals to take corrective action when it comes to vehicular safety.”

The honors come at the completion of this year’s Seatbelts Are For Everyone (S.A.F.E.) Campaign. The annual initiative reminds motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” Participating agencies across the state increased seat belt and speed limit enforcement around the clock as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization.

Officer Hamer was honored for seat belt enforcement and received an award. while Officer Jackson was honored for speed enforcement and received a certificate of appreciation.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network, there were 299 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year who were not wearing seat belts. This represents approximately 29 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2018.