On Friday evening, Jan. 31, the Franklin Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Franklin Road near S Berrys Chapel Road. This checkpoint, however, is special; it is dedicated to the memory of Allen Schlapman, who was killed on that stretch of Franklin Road. On Nov. 21, 2012, a drunk driver hit the motorcycle Allen was driving, head-on.
“Driving impaired is not an error in judgment; it is a choice,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Impaired drivers who selfishly risk the safety of Franklin drivers will be arrested, period. Allen Schlapman was someone’s brother. He was someone’s husband, someone’s father, and someone’s friend. This checkpoint is dedicated to his memory, and to everyone he loved.”
The DUI offender who killed Schlapman is serving a 20-year prison sentence. He is listed as being eligible for parole as early as June 2, 2018.
In 2014, the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office awarded the Department with a $50,000 grant to use for anti-DUI initiatives including DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, equipment, and overtime for officers working this checkpoint.
In 2013, there were 6,699 known alcohol-related traffic crashes in Tennessee. Nationally, one in three traffic fatalities are a result of an alcohol-impaired driving crash.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, the Franklin Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will join the Tennessee Titans to share a unified message: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl Sunday. The event will take place Friday, Jan. 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Franklin Police Headquarters.
They will be joined by Stephen and Kimberly Schlapman who lost their brother, Allen Schlapman, to a drunk driver in 2012. The Schlapman family donated the motorcycle Allen was riding when he was killed to the Students Against Destructive Decisions program and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. The motorcycle will be on display at the event to remind Tennesseans of the consequences of drinking and driving.
Williamson Source will be there Friday morning for a live look-in on our Facebook page.