The Tennessee Highway Patrol is preparing for the Labor Day weekend with an enforcement campaign of driver license and sobriety checkpoints.
Starting Friday at 6 p.m. and running through Monday at 11:59 p.m., state troopers will set up roadblocks as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.”
In the past, the THP has established sobriety checkpoints in high-volume and high-crash corridors across the state to look for aggressive and impaired drivers as well as seat belt violators. According to the state Department of Safety, during last year’s Labor Day weekend state troopers issued 55 DUI, 14 reckless driving, two public drunkenness and 21 open container citations.
Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “In an effort to crackdown on impaired driving incidents, our state troopers will join Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the state and nation this holiday period.”
Last Labor Day holiday, nine people were killed in nine fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways, according to state statistics.
The “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign began Aug. 20 and will end Sept. 6.