THP stressing safety during holiday weekend

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 12/29/17

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct an aggressive traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2017 New Year’s Eve Holiday period, beginning today at 6 p.m. and concluding Monday, Jan. 1, at 11:59 p.m.State troopers will perform saturation patrols, bar/tavern checks as well as seat belt, sobriety and driver's license checkpoints during the holiday. All of Tennessee’s 95 counties will have troopers working to ensure a safe holiday as 2017 concludes.

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THP stressing safety during holiday weekend

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct an aggressive traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2017 New Year’s Eve Holiday period, beginning today at 6 p.m. and concluding Monday, Jan. 1, at 11:59 p.m.

State troopers will perform saturation patrols, bar/tavern checks as well as seat belt, sobriety and driver's license checkpoints during the holiday. All of Tennessee’s 95 counties will have troopers working to ensure a safe holiday as 2017 concludes.

Lt. John Harmon of the THP region covering this area said this enforcement will take place in Bradley County and across the state.

“The THP will be highly visible this holiday weekend with troopers looking for unsafe drivers, starting with seat belts, driving while distracted, and with an extreme focus on drivers driving under the influence,” Harmon said. “The THP encourages everyone to have a designated driver this holiday weekend.

“THP’s goal is for no one to be involved in an injury related crash or a fatal crash this Holiday weekend,” he added. “Arrive Alive.”

These actions allow law enforcement officials to seek out those who are suspected to be impaired drivers. This campaign is aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.

“The goal of the THP is to keep everyone who is traveling on Tennessee roadways safe,” said Col. Tracy Trott. “We will not tolerate impaired drivers. State troopers will aggressively enforce the drinking and driving law.”

During last year’s New Year’s Holiday period, five people were killed in five traffic crashes on Tennessee roads. Of the five vehicular fatalities, three were vehicle occupants, two were pedestrians. Alcohol was involved in two of the traffic deaths, while two of the three vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.

“Our department will be working diligently to ensure our roads are safe,” said Commissioner David W. Purkey. “This holiday weekend, we hope you will enjoy time with your family and friends as you ring in the New Year. Please choose a sober driver to get home safely.”


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