THP announces driver's license checkpoint
Posted: Friday, September 2, 2011 12:28 pm
Nashville – Motorists can expect a heightened drunk driving enforcement campaign statewide as the Tennessee Highway Patrol prepares for the 2011 Labor Day holiday weekend. State troopers will participate in the annual nationwide attack on impaired driving effort known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” beginning Friday at 6 p.m. and ending Monday at 11:59 p.m.
In Weakley County, a driver’s license checkpoint is planned during the evening hours on Hyndsver Road just outside of Martin on Labor Day.
Over the 2010 Labor Day holiday, 10 people were killed in 10 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways, down from 11 people killed on Tennessee roadways in 2009. Throughout the state in 2009, 303 people were killed in crashes where the driver or motorcyclist had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That is down from 306 people killed in 2008 with a BAC of .08 or higher.
The THP has also established sobriety checkpoints in high volume and high crash corridors across the state to look for aggressive and impaired drivers as well as safety belt violators.
Last year, state troopers issued 59 DUI, 17 reckless driving, four public drunkenness and 18 open container citations during the Labor Day period.
Tennessee Highway Patrol