Georgia State Patrol, Tennessee Highway Patrol Partner with Erlanger Health System to Encourage Seat Belt Safety

April 23, 2015

Atlanta—On Wednesday, April 22, the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), and representatives from the Erlanger Health System’s Level 1 Trauma Center, held a joint media event to urge motorists to wear seat belts to reduce the number of trauma cases and traffic fatalities across the region. The event was held at the Erlanger Baroness Campus in Chattanooga, TN, and several medical specialists and state law enforcement officials offered remarks.

This is the first time both state law enforcement agencies have partnered with the medical community to encourage seat belt safety.

“We are proud to partner with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Erlanger Health System with this important traffic safety message,” GSP Captain Grady Sanford said. “With safety education and traffic enforcement efforts, we hope to see an increase in seat belt usage in both Georgia and Tennessee and ultimately save lives.”

The event also included remarks from crash survivors and a demonstration of the THP rollover crash simulator and a tour of Erlanger’s LIFE FORCE helicopter. Yesterday’s event was one of several events throughout the year that Erlanger’s Trauma Program participates in to educate the community on the importance of wearing seat belts.


The Erlanger Health System is a non-profit, academic health system affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.  Erlanger provides the only tertiary hospitals and Level 1 Trauma Centers for adults and children across a 31,000 square-mile region of southeast Tennessee, north Georgia, north Alabama and western North Carolina, treating over 300,000 patients annually. The health system consists of five hospitals, including Children's Hospital at Erlanger, the region's only pediatric specialty hospital and six emergency centers. Erlanger is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the top hospital in the Chattanooga region and is the tenth largest public healthcare system in the United States. Visit

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