THP urges safe and sober driving during St. Patrick's Day

THP urges safe and sober driving during St. Patrick's Day holiday

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol wants to make sure drivers stay safe and drive sober during the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday.

THP will be conducting saturation patrols and sobriety and seat belt checkpoints in an effort to reduce serious injury crashes and fatal wrecks during this popular 48-hour holiday period.

THP's 2014 St. Patrick's Day holiday period begins at midnight on Sunday, March 16 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 17. However, THP personnel have enforcement activities planned throughout the weekend.

THP says 13 people died in car crashes last year during the 72-hour St. Patrick's Day period. Of those 13, six were vehicle occupants and four were not wearing safety restraints. Five of the deaths were motorcycle riders and two were in ATVs. Four of the fatalities involved alcohol.

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