Enforcement weekend begins along entire length of I-75

Enforcement weekend begins along entire length of I-75

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This weekend motorists can expect to see law enforcement out in full force on I-75. This weekend motorists can expect to see law enforcement out in full force on I-75.
Law enforcement across the six states that line I-75 are working together to crack down on drivers violating rules of the road. Law enforcement across the six states that line I-75 are working together to crack down on drivers violating rules of the road.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Chances are if you drove on Interstate 75 Friday, you saw an increased presence of law enforcement. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is participating in a campaign called "Staying Alive on I-75." Troopers are cracking down on drivers violating the laws with the goal to save lives.

I-75 runs north to south across the eastern section of Tennessee through Knoxville and Chattanooga. All six states that line I-75 are participating in the campaign.

This is the first time the six states have come together in an enforcement campaign. With all states working together, the entire length of I-75 will be saturated with law enforcement and they're looking for everything from seat belt violations to impaired driving.

This weekend motorists can expect to see law enforcement out in full force on I-75.

"We have every trooper right now on 75 for this challenge," said THP Trooper William Satterfield.

Law enforcement across the six states that line I-75 are working together to crack down on drivers violating rules of the road.

He pulled a driver over for doing 73 mph on a portion of I-75 set for 55 mph.

Law enforcement will also be pulling drivers over for not wearing a seat belt.

"I pulled you over because you're not wearing your seatbelt neither one of you all," said Satterfield to a driver he pulled over.

Trooper Satterfield says last year half the fatalities were from unrestrained drivers.

"We don't give too many breaks on seatbelts anymore due to the fatality rates that we've had," said Satterfield.

Until Sunday at midnight drivers along I-75 are going to see an increased presence of troopers patrolling. The goal of law enforcement is to reduce fatalities by 15 percent.

"Statistics show that this weekend and the weekends that we hold these challenges are the weekends that there is more impaired driving and traffic crashes from impaired driving," said Satterfield.

Troopers will be focused on getting impaired and distracted drivers off the road. He says using a mobile device while driving is a distraction.

"At 70 miles per hour, for the time it takes you to look down for the time it takes you to look at a word or retype a word, you could travel a football field length without even looking at the road," said Satterfield.

Troopers say even though people may get upset about being pulled over for speeding or not wearing a seat belt the ticket could prevent an accident up the road and possibly save lives. The campaign ends at midnight on Sunday.

THP will have additional saturation patrols on I-75 in June, September and December on weekends that statistically show higher traffic fatalities.

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