The Governor’s Highway Safety Office formally presented the Burns Police Department Tuesday with a fully equipped Chevrolet Tahoe that the department won in a drawing earlier this month at the 26th annual Tennessee Lifesavers Conference in Murfreesboro. Tony Burnett, GHSO law enforcement liaison for Middle Tennessee, presented the keys to the new vehicle to Burns Police Chief Paul McCallister in a ceremony at Burns Town Hall. The pursuit-rated Tahoe is equipped with lights, radar and camera systems by On-Duty Depot, a Panasonic computer and more and has a total value of over $45,000. Three Tahoes were given away at the conference to law enforcement agencies that qualified through regular reporting of traffic statistics. Burns Police Officer Jackie Mosely picked the winning key at the conference. Burnett said Tuesday that Dickson County and its law enforcement agencies have been extremely pro-active in working to reduce accidents through awareness programs and high visibility patrols. “For several years past, Dickson County has been a thorn in our side to some extent with the number of fatalities that they have been associated with. Not only that, we’ve had a high number of teen-aged fatalities in this area. Due to the hard work and commitment to highway safety by Sheriff Bledsoe and Chief Holt and also Paul Montgomery, who is here, we have seen a great reduction this year in Dickson County,” Burnett said. He said the number of fatalities so far in Dickson County this year is down six from the same time in 2012. Burnett credited the commitment to raising awareness and the cooperation among all law enforcement agencies in the area with improving those numbers. “I’m a firm believer that in order for people to change behavior, they have to fear either punishment or retribution for their careless actions, whether that be speeding, whether that be driving under the influence or whatever that might be,” Burnett said. Although the Burns Police Department has had the Tahoe since the first of the month, Burnett formally presented the keys to McCallister Tuesday and the chief wasted no time in putting the vehicle to use in a multi-county pursuit of a 53-year-old Dickson woman Tuesday afternoon that ended with a pit maneuver on Highway 100 in Davidson County.