THP stepping up enforcement on 'The Dragon'

THP stepping up enforcement on 'The Dragon'


MARYVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol will kick off a motorcycle enforcement campaign this weekend on a Blount County highway known for dangerous driving.

Troopers assigned to motorcycle units will patrol U.S. Highway 129, also known as "The Dragon," to crack down on aggressive and reckless driving and reduce serious injury and fatal crashes.

The effort will run Sept. 13 through Sept. 15, due to two events that cause increased traffic on the highway: "Thunder in the Smokies" in Maggie Valley, N. C., and "Fall Rod Run" in Pigeon Forge.

Motorcycle units from THP's Knoxville district will take part, as well as those from Chattanooga, Cookeville, and Fall Branch.

Troopers will also hold a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, Sept. 14.

"The Dragon" is an 11-mile stretch of roadway containing 318 curves, making it a popular attraction for motorcyclists. As of Sept. 9, there has been one motorcyclist killed on the highway this year.

THP received grant funding from the Governor's Highway Safety Office to pay overtime for troopers participating in the enforcement. 

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